A Medical Theory and the Text at Lactantius, Mort. persec. 33.7 and Pelagonius 347

Classical Quarterly 38 (02):522- (1988)
It would be a mistake to attempt to identify in modern terms the disease of Galerius described so graphically by Lactantius, Mort. 33 . Consumption by lice or worms, if not genital ‘gangrene’, was a typical end for a tyrant or the impious, and there must be an element of literary exaggeration in Lactantius' account. But whatever one makes of the nature of the illness, Lactantius did set out to give the passage a scientific plausibility by his use of technical medical phraseology, and by an allusion to a medical theory at 33.7. Recognition of this theory allows one to settle the text at one point, where editors have failed to agree. There is also a second place in the chapter where familiarity with medical Latin points one towards the solution of a textual problem
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1017/S0009838800037125
 Save to my reading list
Follow the author(s)
My bibliography
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Revision history Request removal from index
Download options
PhilPapers Archive

Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy on self-archival     Papers currently archived: 23,201
External links
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library
References found in this work BETA

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles
J. N. Adams (1990). Notes on Pelagonius. Classical Quarterly 40 (02):523-.
Robert L. Perlman (2011). Morton Arnsdorf (1940–2010). Perspectives in Biology and Medicine 54 (1):1-2.
Rodney Taylor (2010). Medical Law and Ethics. Human Reproduction and Genetic Ethics 13 (1):37-37.
J. V. McHale (1995). Medical Law: Text with Materials. Journal of Medical Ethics 21 (5):314-315.

Monthly downloads

Added to index


Total downloads

7 ( #507,499 of 1,940,983 )

Recent downloads (6 months)

1 ( #457,978 of 1,940,983 )

How can I increase my downloads?

My notes
Sign in to use this feature

Start a new thread
There  are no threads in this forum
Nothing in this forum yet.