Writings of Early Scholars in the Ancient Near East, Egypt, Rome, and Greece: Translating Ancient Scientific Texts

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Annette Imhausen, Tanja Pommerening
Walter de Gruyter, 2010 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 436 pages
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Medicine, astronomy, dealing with numbers ? even the cultures of the pre-modern world offer a rich spectrum of scientific texts. But how are they best translated? Is it sufficient to translate the sources into modern scientific language, and thereby, above all, to identify their deficits? Or would it be better to adopt the perspective of the sources themselves, strange as they are, only for them not to be properly understood by modern readers? Renowned representatives of various disciplines and traditions present a controversial and constructive discussion of these problems."
  

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Contents

Translating ancient scientific texts
1
Sprachliche Erkenntnistechniken in der keilschriftlichen Überlieferung Mesopotamiens
13
Das Verhältnis von medizinischer Prognose zur religiösen DivinatorikMantik in Griechenland
47
Divination als Wissenschaft
69
Zur Rolle des Fachwortschatzes in der Naturalis historia des Älteren Plinius
93
Translating the Phainomenaacross genre language and culture
119
Translating the Fundamentals of the Course of the Stars
139
Von Impotenz und Migräne eine kritische Auseinandersetzung mit Übersetzungen des Papyrus Ebers
153
Zur Neuedition des hieratischdemotischen Papyrus Wien D 6257 aus römischer Zeit
201
Translating and interpreting ancient Greek and Roman remedies
219
A reinterpretation of their fundamental structure
241
Methods for understanding and reconstructing Babylonian predicting rules
277
Problems in translating ancient Greek astrological texts
299
Mathematics and cultures
333
Translating rationalpractice texts
349
Solutions and inherent problems With an Italian parallel
385

Rechts oder links wörtlich oder dem Sinn nach?
175
Some comments on the ancient understanding of Mesopotamian medical manuscripts
189

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About the author (2010)

Annette Imhausen, Goethe-Universitat Frankfurt a.M.; Tanja Pommerening, Johannes Gutenberg-Universitat Mainz.

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