Hippocrates and Medical Education by Manfred Horstmanshoff (ed.)

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5543, fol. 136). It presents a similar circular schema with a representation of the four elements of the world (mundus), the four seasons of the year (annus), and the four humors of man (homo), defined by the predominance of two elemental qualities; but the schema is less complete, for the representation of man lacks the correspondence between the humors and the ages. In any case, to reflect the entire knowledge of the period about this quaternary theory, the Anagni schema itself should have been completed by the theory of the four temperaments defined by the innate predominance of each of the humors.

Even though the elemental qualities are not explicitly indicated for man in the inside circles, for there was not sufficient space, it is clear that infancy is hot and wet, like spring, and that blood is hot and wet, just like air. In the north-east quadrant, we have in the same way youth (adolescentia) and yellow bile (colera rubra), corresponding to summer and fire, the entirety HIPPOCRATES AS GALEN’S TEACHER 3 being hot and dry. In the south-east quadrant are maturity (juventus) and black bile (melancolia) corresponding to autumn and earth, the entirety being cold and dry.

Oxford, 2009. In 2010 she received a Spinoza Prize, the highest award for Dutch academics. Laurence Totelin is now a Lecturer in ancient history at Cardiff University after three years as a Wellcome Trust Fellow at the University of Cambridge. Her research focuses on Greek and Roman pharmacology. She is the author of Hippocratic Recipes: Oral and Written Transmission of Pharmacological Knowledge in Fifth- and Fourth-Century Greece (Leiden, Brill, 2009). She organizes the Approaches to Ancient Medicine conferences which take place alternately in Cardiff, Newcastle-upon-Tyne and Reading.

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