In the Wake of the Compendia: Infrastructural Contexts and the Licensing of Empiricism in Ancient and Medieval Mesopotamia

Justin Johnson (Editor)

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In the Wake of the Compendia presents papers that examine the history of technical compendia as they moved between institutions and societies in ancient and medieval Mesopotamia. This volume offers new perspectives on the development and transmission of technical compilations, looking especially at the relationship between empirical knowledge and textual transmission in early scientific thinking. The eleven contributions to the volume derive from a panel held at the American Oriental Society in 2013 and cover more than three millennia of historical development, ranging from Babylonian medicine and astronomy to the persistence of Mesopotamian lore in Syriac and Arabic meditations on the properties of animals. The volume also includes major contributions on the history of Mesopotamian “rationality,” epistemic labels for tested and tried remedies, and the development of depersonalized case histories in Babylonian therapeutic compendia. Together, these studies offer an overview of several important moments in the development of non-Western scientific thinking and a significant contribution to our understanding of how traditions of technical knowledge were produced and transmitted in the ancient world.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationBerlin
PublisherDe Gruyter
Number of pages336
ISBN (Electronic)9781501502507, 9781501502521
ISBN (Print)9781501510762
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2015

Publication series

NameScience, Technology, and Medicine in Ancient Cultures
Volume3
ISSN (Print)2194-976X

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  • Depersonalized case histories in the Babylonian therapeutic compendia

    Johnson, J., Nov 2015, In the Wake of the Compendia: Infrastructural Contexts and the Licensing of Empiricism in Ancient and Medieval Mesopotamia. Cale Johnson, J. (ed.). Berlin: De Gruyter, p. 289-316 28 p. (Science, Technology and Medicine in Ancient Cultures; vol. 3).

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  • Introduction: 'infrastructural compendia' and the licensing of empiricism in Mesopotamian technical literature

    Johnson, J., Nov 2015, In the Wake of the Compendia: Infrastructural Contexts and the Licensing of Empiricism in Ancient and Medieval Mesopotamia. Cale Johnson, J. (ed.). Berlin: De Gruyter, p. 1-28 28 p. (Science, Technology, and Medicine in Ancient Cultures; vol. 3).

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