Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Zucconi on ANE and Mediterranean medicine

Ancient Near Eastern and Mediterranean Medicine

Although the various cultures of the ancient world had different expressions for symbiotic anatomy, they all understood the body as a messaging system between the different communities of the anatomy, the supernatural realm, and humans. Whether it was an animal attacking a person, a curse from an angry neighbor, or an attack from a ghost after wandering into the wrong place, all derived from the supernatural world sending a message to the afflicted. It is important not to assume these were necessarily punishments but signs that a normal social order had broken down.

See Also: Ancient Medicine: From Mesopotamia to Rome (Eerdmans, 2019).

By Laura Zucconi
Professor of History
Stockton University
January 2020
Cross-file under New Book.

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