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  1. Dissection in classical antiquity : a social and medical history

    Bubb, Claire
    Cambridge, United Kingdom ; New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2022.

    "This book focuses on the first comprehensive history of dissection in classical antiquity. It reveals how the practice evolved from the social and cultural contexts of the fifth century BC to the High Roman period, before exploring in depth its contribution to the development of classical anatomical literature into Late Antiquity"--Dissection is a practice with a long history stretching back to antiquity and has played a crucial role in the development of anatomical knowledge. This absorbing book takes the story back to classical antiquity, employing a wide range of textual and material evidence. Claire Bubb reveals how dissection was practised from the Hippocratic authors of the fifth century BC through Aristotle and the Hellenistic doctors Herophilus and Erasistratus to Galen in the second century AD. She focuses on its material concerns and social contexts, from the anatomical subjects (animal or human) and how they were acquired, to the motivations and audiences of dissection, to its place in the web of social contexts that informed its reception, including butchery, sacrifice, and spectacle. The book concludes with a thorough examination of the relationship of dissection to the development of anatomical literature into Late Antiquity.

    Online Cambridge University Press

  2. American Caesars : lives of the presidents, from Franklin D. Roosevelt to George W. Bush

    Hamilton, Nigel
    London : Bodley Head, 2010.

    Suetonius' "The Twelve Caesars" became a classic of classical times: a virtuoso literary portrait gallery, remarkable not only for its frank dissections of Rome's great emperors, but also because the twelve men were the embodiment - both good and bad - of Rome's greatest century. In view of the country's rise to superpower status, the twentieth century has been called 'the American Century', and award-winning biographer Nigel Hamilton now gives us the lives of the twelve men who presided over America's imperial fortunes - the good, the bad and the truly awful. Not since the days of the Roman emperors has there been such a succession of rulers holding the fate of the world in their hands. How did these American Caesars reach the White House? What were the challenges they faced when they got there and how did they meet them? And who were these men in their private lives? Nigel Hamilton's short, candid, critical portraits of the presidents from Franklin D. Roosevelt to George W. Bush are compulsively readable. Packed with unforgettable characters as well as stories, lessons and revelations, "American Caears" is essential reading for our times: a vivid portrait of the United States over the past six decades to rival Suetonius' account of classical Rome.Suetonius' The Twelve Caesars became a classic of classical times: a virtuoso literary imperial portrait gallery by an already distinguished author, not only remarkable for its frank dissections (in contrast to contemporary commemorations) of Rome's great emperors, but also because the twelve men whom he chose were the embodiment - both good and bad - of Rome's greatest century. The twentieth century has been called 'the American century', given its economic and military rise to superpower status in World War II, as well as its seemingly irresistible influence over global popular culture , politics and language ever since. The time is ripe for a new work on the U.S. presidents of our own lifetime: from FDR to George W. Bush. In what will become an essential book for our times, eminent biographer Nigel Hamilton offers an informative but intensely readable gallery of historical portraits that will encapsulate the age of American empire through the lives of its chief executives and the women they loved.

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