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1 June 2012 Registres et savoirs invoqués dans le De venenatis animalibus de Philouménos
Arnaud Zucker
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Scientific registers and knowledge adduced in Philumenus' About Venomous Beasts

This paper focuses on the structure and the issue of the Greek texts belonging to the discipline known as iology, and dealing with venomous animals and their bites/stings. Considering the treatise of Philumenus (About Venemous Beasts) and more generally the iologic corpus of prosaic works that form a coherent network (Aelius Promotus, Pseudo-Dioscorides) it scrutinizes the types of knowledge involved in these treaties and their relationship with medical and naturalist knowledge, especially in the case of the snakes. The organization and importance of the various data (naturalistic, toxicological, clinical, therapeutic and pharmacological), the name of the experts invoked in these texts and the role played by the author of the treatise help define the scientific and generic characteristics of this literature. “Treaties on venomous animals” are compilatory books that are strictly neither medical textbooks nor guides of herpetology, and they generally focus on clinical matters (even more than therapeutical). If they form a “genre”, it is determined as much by litterary practice and tradition as by a medical context and horizon.

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Arnaud Zucker "Registres et savoirs invoqués dans le De venenatis animalibus de Philouménos," Anthropozoologica 47(1), 51-72, (1 June 2012). https://doi.org/10.5252/az2012n1a2
Received: 26 June 2010; Accepted: 1 July 2011; Published: 1 June 2012
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Aelius Promotus
Aélius Promotus
Dioscoride
Dioscorides
épistémologie
Epistemology
iologie
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