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02 Religious and ideological symbols and iconographic motifs

02 Religious and ideological symbols and iconographic motifs

01 Religious and ideological doctrines and imagery

02 Religious and ideological symbols and iconographic motifs

05 Scientific knowledge and scholarly lore

3rd century CE
Roman Empire
Christian-Syriac philosophers and scholars

Syriac Book of Medicines, fol. 243b-4a:
Another kind of forecasts concerning the person of a man. The head of a man is interpreted by Ram. And his neck and his shoulders by Bull. And his two arms by Twins. And his breast by Crab. And his belly and heart by Lion. And his spinal columns, and sides, and loins by Virgin. And his loins and flanks, that is to say, his sides, by Balance. And his bladder, and member, and testicles by Scorpion. His thighs by Great Image. His knees by Goat. His legs by Water-carrier. The soles of his feet by Fishes. His brain by Sun. His skin by Moon. His blood by Ares. His sinews and veins by Hermes. His bones by Bēl. His flesh by Balti. His hairs by Kēwān (= Saturn). Certain men have said that every man who is born exists as a mingling and a mixture of the Seven [Governors], and that as the component parts of his members are formed and compounded into one body, so also all his internal operations are mixtures of these Seven Governors. Wickedness comes from Kēwān, goodness from Bēl, anger and wrath from Ares, graciousness and a peaceful disposition come from the Sun, lust and fornication from Aphrodite, knowledge and wisdom from Hermes, and greediness and rapacity from Sīnā (= Sin). The views were held by the Chaldeans, but now the Christians do not hold them.

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Syriac Book of Medicines, fol. 243b-4a


Budge 1913, 619-620Budge, E. A. Wallis. Syrian Anatomy, Pathology and Therapeutics or The Book of Medicines. London: Oxford University Press 1913.

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