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By Jason König,Greg Woolf

How did old medical and knowledge-ordering writers make their paintings authoritative? This ebook solutions that query for quite a lot of historical disciplines, from arithmetic, medication, structure and agriculture, via to legislations, historiography and philosophy - focusing normally, yet no longer solely, at the literature of the Roman Empire. It attracts recognition to conduct that those varied fields had in universal, whereas additionally displaying how person texts and authors manipulated common options of self-authorisation in designated methods. It stresses the significance of aggressive and assertive kinds of self-presentation, and likewise examines a few of the pressures that pulled within the other way by means of authors who selected to recognize the restrictions in their personal wisdom or resisted shut identity with slim types of specialist identification. a last bankruptcy by means of Sir Geoffrey Lloyd deals a comparative account of medical authority and services in historic chinese language, Indian and Mesopotamian culture.

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