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ΓΑΛΗΝΟΥ ΠΡΟΣ ΠΑΤΡΟΦΙΛΟΝ ΠΕΡΙ ΣΥΣΤΑΣΕΩΣ ΙΑΤΡΙΚΗΣ

224KἘπεί μοι δοκεῖς, ὦ Πατρόφιλε, θεῖόν τι πεπονθέναι πάθος ὀρεγόμενος ἅπαντα σὺν ἀποδείξει τε καὶ μεθόδῳ μανθάνειν, ὐπηρετῆσαί σου διέγνωκα τῇ προθυμίᾳ, καὶ γράψαι τῶν λόγων, ὧν ἤκουσας ἢ περὶ ὧν ἠπόρεις, ὑπομνήματά σοι.1 πῶς δ’ οὐκ ἂν ὑπέστην τὸν ἆθλον τοῦτον ὁρῶν σε καθεωρακότα μὲν ἀρχήν τινα τῆς ἐπ’ ἀλήθειαν ἀγούσης ὁδοῦ, μόνον δ’ οὐ δυνάμενον αὐτῆς ἐφικέσθαι δι’ ὕψος τε καὶ μῆκος καὶ τραχυτῆτα; τοὺς μὲν γὰρ | 225Kπολλοὺς ὁρῶ μηδὲ μετὰ παρακλήσεως ἐπ’ αὐτὴν ἰόντας, ἀλλ’ ὀκνοῦντάς τε καὶ ἀποτρεπομένους, σὲ δ’ ἐκείνων ἔμπαλιν <ἔχοντα>·ἀποτρεπομένων <γὰρ> ἁπάντων, ἄχρι γε τοῦ δεῦρο, καὶ πρὸς ἄλλας ὁδοὺς ἐκτρεπόντων, αὐτόν σε κατιδόντα τὴν ἀλήθειαν, ὡς ἐφ’ ὑψηλοῦ τινος ᾤκισται, καὶ τοῦ κάλλους αὐτῆς ἐραστὴν δριμύτατον γενόμενον, οὔτ’ ὀκνεῖν τὴν ὁδὸν οὔτ’ ἐπιτρέπειν ἑαυτῷ μόνῳ τὴν

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CONSTITUTION OF THE ART OF MEDICINE

GALEN TO PATROPHILUS, ON THE CONSTITUTION OF THE ART OF MEDICINE

PREFACE

224KSince you seem to me, Patrophilus,1 to have suffered some divine affection in that you desire to learn everything with the aid of demonstration and method,2 I have decided to go along with your enthusiasm and write out some notes for you on both the arguments you understood and those you had difficulty with. How could I not engage in this task, seeing that you have discovered a beginning of the road that leads to truth, but are not able to travel it alone because it is so steep, so long and so rough? For 225KI see the majority do not travel this road without exhortation, but hesitate and turn away from it, whereas you are the very opposite to them. Up to now they all desist and turn to other paths, while you, being open to the truth, which is settled on some high point, have become a very keen lover of its beauty. Nor do you hesitate on the road or trust the

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.galen-constitution_art_medicine.2016