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Knowledge and Rhetoric in Medical Commentary: Ancient Mesopotamian Commentaries on a Handbook of Medical Diagnosis (Sa-gig).

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Knowledge and Rhetoric in Medical Commentary: Ancient Mesopotamian Commentaries on a Handbook of Medical Diagnosis (Sa-gig)

John Z. Wee

BRILL

2019

493 pages

$188.00

Hardcover

Cuneiform Monographs; Volume 49/1

PJ3771

Straightforward English translations generally suffice to make most ancient texts accessible to the modern reader, says Wee, but the genre of commentary presents special difficulties, because of the way it relies on unusual word choices, proof-texting, and well as intricate turns of logic, in order to manipulate the rules of language and script in service to commentators' arguments. He presents two books in this volume, the first Knowledge and Rhetoric in Medical Commentary, covers introduction to the commentaries on the ancient Mesopotamian diagnostic handbook Sa-gig, commentary and scholastic rhetoric, and commentary and medical knowledge. Then in Mesopotamian Commentaries on the Diagnostic Handbook Sa-gig he translates the medical commentary itself, and provides his own comments on it. (Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR)

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