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February 22 nd , 2008 Humanities week 7 lecture 2 The Plague of Thebes I. Oedipus the King and Medicine a. Disease in Oedipus the King i. Antigone 332-75 ii. Numberless wonders, terrible wonders walk the earth, but none the math for man… b. Medicine and the Intellectual Sprit of the Age i. On the Sacred Disease c. The plague in Athens i. Thucydides on nosos of Peloponnesian War ii. Contagion: “the dead spreading death” 1. infected corpses propagates the disease 2. those that came into contact into the sick, they contracted that disease as well 3. not an important concept in Greek medicine II. Miasma & Nosos a. Miasma (staining/dye) [connotation of blood] i. Pollute/defile/sully ii. Contact with something that is unclean/unholy [in a religious sense] iii. Results from childbirth, sex, death corpses, murder (stays until he/she is cleansed) iv. “ritual pollution” v. Avoided and driven from the community to prevent a miasma from spreading to other people, attributed to the will of the gods.
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