Philosophy and dietetics in the Hippocratic On regimen : a delicate balance of health / by Hynek Bartoš.

  • Bartoš, Hynek
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About this work


This book offers the first extended study published in English on the Hippocratic treatise 'On regimen', one of the most important pre-Platonic documents of the discussion of human nature and other topics at the intersection of ancient medicine and philosophy. It is not only a unique example of classical Greek dietetic literature, including the most elaborated account of the micro-macrocosm and phusis-techne analogies, but it also provides the most explicit discussion of the soul-body opposition preceding Plato. Moreover, Bartoš argues, it is a rare example of an extant medical text which systematically draws on philosophical authorities, such as Heraclitus, Empedocles and Anaxagoras, and which had a decisive influence on both physicians, such as Galen, and philosophers, most notably Plato and Aristotle.


Leiden, The Netherlands : Brill, [2015]

Physical description

viii, 340 pages ; 25 cm.


The discovery of dietetics -- Philosophy of the nature of man -- Therapy of body and soul -- The philosophical legacy of On regimen.

Bibliographic information

Includes bibliographical references and indexes.


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    History of Medicine
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