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What were the ἄναρμοι ὄγκοι?

J. T. Vallance

in The Lost Theory of Asclepiades of Bithynia

Published in print October 1990 | ISBN: 9780198242482
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191680489 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198242482.003.0002
What were the ἄναρμοι ὄγκοι?

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Asclepiades’ physiological theory has exercised the minds of scholars sporadically for seven hundred years. Ancient witnesses for him are agreed that he explained disease in terms of the interaction of theoretical and constantly moving elemental corpuscles in theoretical passages of the body. These corpuscles are termed differently while certain other diseases were not explained this way and they formed a different category of affections. This chapter begins with an examination of what these strange corpuscles might have been and the second part of the argument covers the role of the pores in Asclepiades’ system. This further adds up to the long and distinguished philosophical history of Greek corpuscular theories of matter, which certainly also involved a lot of conflict of ideas and beliefs.

Keywords: Asclepiades; physiological theory; elemental corpuscles; passages; diseases; philosophical history; Greek; theories of matter

Chapter.  13632 words. 

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

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