HOME >> BIOLOGY >> NEWS
Ancient Greek Text Shows Musical View Of Pregnancy According To Translation By University Of Cincinnati Professor

CINCINNATI, Ohio -- An ancient Greek medical text edited and translated for the first time by University of Cincinnati associate professor of classics Holt Parker demonstrates once again how little ancient Greeks knew about pregnancy.

Today, knowledge about conception and birth is so advanced, we're accustomed to test-tube babies, multiple births like the McCaughey septuplets and surrogate pregnancies. But in ancient Greece, medical authorities did not have any clear understanding of how long a pregnancy should last or even that there was such a thing as a premature birth.

Parker presented his findings on the ancient medical writing recorded in a manuscript in the 11th century AD but with a text dating to about 150 BC at the Archaeological Institute of America annual conference during a 1:30 p.m. session on Sunday, Dec. 28, at the Chicago Sheraton Hotel and Towers.

The medical writer's name, listed as "Damnastes" on the manuscript itself, is really Damastes, Parker believes. Damastes is an obstetrical writer whose name shows up in at least one other Greek medical writing, while Damnastes is never used as a Greek name and is clearly a mistake by an ancient scribe, the classics researcher said.

Damastes held to the belief, common among his fellow Greek writers, that the development of a baby followed patterns reflected in musical harmony and the universe. "This ranges from a somewhat wacky numerology to a rather sophisticated view of the human body as a microcosm of the universe," said Parker. "While it is somewhat absurd, it also is about as poetic a view of the cosmos as there has ever been."

According to Parker s translation of Damastes' brief medical text on "The Care of Pregnant Women and of Infants," this ancient Greek medical authority was somewhat of a maverick. While nearly all the other ancient Greek medical writers believed that eight- month pregnancies were doomed or bad
'"/>

Contact: Marianne Cianciolo
marianne.cianciolo@uc.edu
513-556-1826
University of Cincinnati
29-Dec-1997


Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. Ancient life form may help create newest technologies
2. Ancient brewery discovered on mountaintop in Peru
3. Ancient Greeks help scientists build environmentally friendly nano devices
4. Ancient DNA mutations permitted humans to adapt to colder climates, UCI researchers find
5. Ancient Inca road in desperate need of protection
6. Ancient DNA analysis unveils mystery of historys most horribly deformed man -- The Elephant Man
7. Ancient pollen yields insight into forest biodiversity
8. Ancient defense mechanism may still be protecting us
9. Ancient flower fossil points to underwater origins
10. Ancient supernova may have triggered eco-catastrophe
11. Ancient Chinese folk remedy may hold key to non-toxic cancer treatment

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:6/25/2020)... ... June 24, 2020 , ... ... and software-driven clinical data services that accelerate drug development, is collaborating with Karyopharm ... XPO1 inhibitor, in hospitalized patients with severe COVID-19. This is the first study ...
(Date:6/23/2020)... England (PRWEB) , ... June 23, 2020 , ... ... Africa supporting sustainable healthcare, and Renovagen Ltd, a UK supplier and manufacturer of ... project to support testing operations in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic in ...
(Date:6/23/2020)... ... June 23, 2020 , ... Rigaku Corporation , a ... in a series of TOPIQ webinars, which will cover the Transferable Aspherical Atom ... in response to social distancing measures that resulted in postponements and cancelations of ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:7/31/2020)... and SOMERSET, N.J (PRWEB) , ... July 29, ... ... genome editing company, and Catalent, the leading global provider of advanced delivery technologies, ... health products, today announced that they have entered into a strategic partnership whereby ...
(Date:7/31/2020)... ... 2020 , ... The SDX® Respiratory Gating System , ... reached its 20th anniversary of worldwide use. Introduced in the US over the ... University of Pennsylvania, University of Michigan, University of Maryland, University of California San ...
(Date:7/22/2020)... ... July 22, 2020 , ... Join experts from ... Sr. Manager Regulatory Solutions, in a one hour live webinar on Thursday, ... body in China for drugs and medical devices. Specifically, for medical devices, the NMPA ...
(Date:7/18/2020)... ... , ... “We are thrilled to deliver this new technology to the industry” ... kind on the market and we were pleased that the IFT jury recognized that.” ... ingredients, creating a natural way to extend the shelf life and improve the safety ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
Cached News: