Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Aulus Gellius, Attic Nights
4.13 (tr. J.C. Rolfe):
I ran across the statement very recently in the book of Theophrastus On Inspiration that many men have believed and put their belief on record, that when gouty pains in the hips are most severe, they are relieved if a flute-player plays soothing measures. That snake-bites are cured by the music of the flute, when played skilfully and melodiously, is also stated in a book of Democritus, entitled On Deadly Infections, in which he shows that the music of the flute is medicine for many ills that flesh is heir to. So very close is the connection between the bodies and the minds of men, and therefore between physical and mental ailments and their remedies.
creditum hoc a plerisque esse et memoriae mandatum, ischia cum maxime doleant, tum, si modulis lenibus tibicen incinat, minui dolores, ego nuperrime in libro Theophrasti Περὶ Ἐνθουσιασμοῦ scriptum inveni. viperarum morsibus tibicinium scite modulateque adhibitum mederi, refert etiam Democriti liber, qui inscribitur Περὶ Λοιμῶν, in quo docet plurimis hominum morbidis medicinae fuisse incentiones tibiarum. tanta prosus adfinitas est corporibus hominum mentibusque et propterea vitiis quoque aut medellis animorum et corporum.