Between cuisine, religion and medicine. On the language of the work entitled De herba vetonica by Antonius Musa Cover Image
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Między kuchnią, religią i medycyną. O języku dzieła De herba vetonica Antoniusza Muzy
Between cuisine, religion and medicine. On the language of the work entitled De herba vetonica by Antonius Musa

Author(s): Kamil Krakowiecki
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Śląskiego
Keywords: Antonius Musa; medical discourse; Roman cuisine
Summary/Abstract: The article is based on the premise that the work of Antonius Musa (a Roman physician and a botanist who lived in the 1st c. BC) entitled De herba vetonica is syncretic in nature, combining elements of the language of cook books, medical and cult-related texts. In this context, the particular formulae/recipes manifest a regular structure, which is discussed in a comprehensive manner. As far as the grammatical features are concerned, the author focuses on a quantitative-functional description of the finite forms of the verb which appear in the text. The dominance of the 2nd person plural imperativi futuri activi forms which is discernible and the relatively low frequency of other forms is set in the context of the grammatical system of Classical Latin. Finally, the author examines the lexical layer, where one may also observe numerous features which make one classify the text at the intersection of culinary, medical and cult-related discourse.

  • Page Range: 36-45
  • Page Count: 11
  • Publication Year: 2018
  • Language: Polish