Hippocrates, The Hippocratic Corpus

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Rebecca Fallas (The Open University)

The ‘Hippocratic’ Corpus is a group of around sixty medical treatises, all of which are written in the ancient Greek Ionic dialect but differ in length, content and style. Most of the texts in the corpus appear to date from 430 to 330 BC; however, some are believed to date from a later period, including the works Heart, Nutriment, Precepts and Decorum, and some may even date from the first century AD. These texts began to be collected under the name of Hippocrates in the early Hellenistic period, but no single ancient manuscript of every treatise in the collection survives today and many only include a small selection of the works. Although traditionally ascribed to Hippocrates, it is not known which texts, if any, w…

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Citation: Fallas, Rebecca. "The Hippocratic Corpus". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 15 February 2017 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=35730, accessed 08 February 2023.]

35730 The Hippocratic Corpus 3 Historical context notes are intended to give basic and preliminary information on a topic. In some cases they will be expanded into longer entries as the Literary Encyclopedia evolves.

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