The medicine and surgery of the Homeric Poems

John Knott
1897 Dublin Journal of Medical Science  
TI~ lines of Ausonius which give his rendering of Hesiod on the subject of animal longevity, have often been quoted and commented on by the older writers on Natural History :--" Ter binos deciesque novem super exit in annos Justa senes centum quos implet vita virorum, Hos novies superat vivendo garrula cornix, F4 quater egreditur cornicis s~ecula cervus, Alil~edem eervum ter vincit corvus." [" To ninety-six the life of Man ascendeth, Nine times as long that of the Chough extendeth, Four times
more » ... ndeth, Four times beyond, the life of Deer doth go, And thrice is that surpassed by the Crow."] This curious passage would give 96 years for the limit of the life of man ; 864 for that of the Chough ; 3,456 for that of the Deer; and 10,368 for that of the Crow ! How such
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