Authority and Expertise in Ancient Scientific Culture by Jason König,Greg Woolf

By Jason König,Greg Woolf

How did old clinical and knowledge-ordering writers make their paintings authoritative? This ebook solutions that question for quite a lot of historic disciplines, from arithmetic, medication, structure and agriculture, via to legislation, historiography and philosophy - focusing frequently, yet no longer completely, at the literature of the Roman Empire. It attracts realization to conduct that those diverse fields had in universal, whereas additionally exhibiting how person texts and authors manipulated usual concepts of self-authorisation in distinct methods. It stresses the significance of aggressive and assertive forms of self-presentation, and in addition examines a few of the pressures that pulled within the wrong way by way of taking a look at authors who selected to recognize the restrictions in their personal wisdom or resisted shut identity with slender models of professional id. a last bankruptcy via Sir Geoffrey Lloyd bargains a comparative account of clinical authority and services in old chinese language, Indian and Mesopotamian culture.

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