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Power and Knowledge: Astrology, Physiognomics, and Medicine Under the Roman Empire (Body, in Theory: Histories)

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Power and Knowledge charts a history of three ancient scientiae in the Roman Empire--astrology, medical prognosis, and physiognomy (the art of discerning character or destiny from a person's physique). Drawing on contemporary approaches in social theory and the philosophy of science, Tamsyn Barton argues that the ancient sciences are best understood in terms of rhetoric, as their practitioners are involved in sociopolitical struggles and their disciplines are rooted in Greco-Roman cultural norms and practices.

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Offers insight into the relationship between knowledge and power in ancient times--and science and politics in our own

Product Details

ISBN:
9780472088522
Author:
Barton, Tamsyn
Publisher:
University of Michigan Press
Subject:
Medicine
Subject:
Science
Subject:
History
Subject:
Ancient - Rome
Subject:
Popular Culture
Subject:
History of Science-General
Edition Description:
Paper Text
Series:
The Body, In Theory: Histories of Cultural Materialism
Publication Date:
20021231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
3 illustrations
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in

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