By Jason König, Greg Woolf
How did historic clinical and knowledge-ordering writers make their paintings authoritative? This ebook solutions that query for a variety of old disciplines, from arithmetic, drugs, structure and agriculture, via to legislations, historiography and philosophy - focusing commonly, yet no longer completely, at the literature of the Roman Empire. It attracts awareness to conduct that those varied fields had in universal, whereas additionally exhibiting how person texts and authors manipulated general thoughts of self-authorisation in exact methods. It stresses the significance of aggressive and assertive sorts of self-presentation, and likewise examines a number of the pressures that pulled within the other way by way of authors who selected to recognize the restrictions in their personal wisdom or resisted shut id with slender models of professional id. a last bankruptcy via Sir Geoffrey Lloyd deals a comparative account of clinical authority and services in historical chinese language, Indian and Mesopotamian tradition.
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