Anatomy in Alexandria in the Third Century B.C.

  title={Anatomy in Alexandria in the Third Century B.C.},
  author={James Longrigg},
  journal={The British Journal for the History of Science},
  pages={455 - 488}
  • J. Longrigg
  • Published 1 December 1988
  • History
  • The British Journal for the History of Science
The most striking advances in the knowledge of human anatomy and physiology that the world had ever known—or was to know until the seventeenth century A.D.—took place in Hellenistic Alexandria. The city was founded in 331 B.C. by Alexander the Great. After the tatter's death in 323 B.C. and the subsequent dissolution of his empire, it became the capital of one of his generals, Ptolemy, son of Lagus, who established the Ptolemaic dynasty there. The first Ptolemy, subsequently named Soter (the… 
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