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The Coherence of Magical-Herbal and Analogous Recipes (2007)


Although it is no longer routinely assumed that the ancient herbal-magical tradition was "irrational", most attempts to defend it have emphasized the possible pharmacetuical effects of individual herbs with the iimiplication that this was fundamentally an empirical practise. Others have invoked speical theories, such as the ultimately Stoic doctrine of sumpatheia. Neither approach is entirely wrong, but they need to be supplemented by consdieration of the nature of the experitse commanded by practitioners. the rationality of the magical-herbal tradition, whether for healing or malign ends, can be defended only by situation its practitioners within a specific tradition of practice. We can thus adapt GER Lloyd's account o ancient medical expertise to this area.


Description An effort to situate the authority of practitioners of ancient magical-herbal medicine in a tradition of practice.

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Authors & Contributors
Calvo Martínez, José Luis
Ciraolo, Leda Jean
Seidel, Jonathan Lee
Ogden, Daniel
Nutton, Vivian
Horstmanshoff, Manfred
MHNH (Revista Internacional de Investigación sobre Magia y Astrología Antiguas)
European Review
Galenos: Rivista di Filologia dei Testi Medici Antichi
Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Studies
Medicina nei secoli
Oxford University Press
Hempen Verlag
Primary literature (historical sources)
Science and literature
Linguistic or semantic analysis
Occult sciences
Cervantes Saavedra, Miguel de
Hippocrates of Cos
Apuleius, Lucius
Dioscorides, Pedanios
Middle and Near East

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