Jacques Jouanna , Malcolm B. DeBevoise Hippocrates, considered for more than two thousand years the father of medicine, came over time to be credited with a life of mythic proportions and an enormous body of work. And yet medical students in the United States and Europe still recite the Hippocratic oath upon completion of their studies. Greek physician should be so incomplete. Nonetheless, Jacques Jouanna contends that a great deal can be concluded about the life and works of Hippocrates.
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Sophocles was the commanding figure of his day. The author of Oedipus Rex and Antigone, he was not only the leading dramatist but also a distinguished politician, military commander, and religious figure.
Reconstructing a lost literary world, Jouanna has finally assembled all the available information, culled from inscriptions, archaeological evidence, and later sources.
Written for scholars, students, and general readers, this book will interest anyone who wants to know more about Greek drama in general and Sophocles in particular. It is encyclopaedic, detailed, fascinating, readable and tremendous value for money. Virtually encyclopedic in its coverage, the book demonstrates magisterial control of the texts and their contexts.
This undertaking is by far the most rich and the most learned which exists today on this subject. For educated readers and classicists who wish to learn about Sophocles and Greek tragedy, it offers an exceptional panorama, which combines the pleasure of reading with flawless scholarship.
For specialists, it offers a new methodological approach, set in historical perspective. It will no longer be possible to study Sophocles or Greek tragedy without referring to this work by Jouanna. Undergraduates in particular will find this book a valuable resource, since it provides an excellent introduction not just to Sophocles but to fifth-century theatre in general.
JACQUES JOUANNA, Hippocrate. Paris, Libr. Arthème Fayard, 1992. 648 pp. Pr. FF 170.
Books by Jacques Jouanna