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Found a paper on the topic: "The discovery of the body: human dissection and its cultural contexts in ancient Greece.", by H. van Staden, Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine. 1992 May-Jun; 65(3): 223–241 I'll provide my poor summary of a few salient bits here, but if you are interested, it's a very interesting read. The paper presents three reasons ...


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Again, this paper provides the answer: "The discovery of the body: human dissection and its cultural contexts in ancient Greece.", by H. van Staden, Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine. 1992 May-Jun; 65(3): 223–241 The main thrust of it is: Greek society, as a whole, didn't change. Most Greeks likely would have found his work mortifying. After ...


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I have struggled to find a taxonomy of special stones or gems that takes the modern approach like a reference book. Under luminous gemstones there are part mythical part story works of scholarship. I haven't read any of these [obvious] but to me : Bencao Gangmu was a medical book in China in the late 1500's. So from that wikipedia entry: Compendium of ...


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Surely the standard history applies: late antiquity sources, compiled in medieval encyclopedias, recycled since the Renaissance. Not being an expert I can just suggest some links Camillo Leonardi (1451 – 1550) Speculum lapidum. The mirror of stones (London : Printed for J. Freeman in Fleet-street, 1750) : In which the nature, generation, properties, ...


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