Girolamo Mercuriale

De arte gymnastica

2008, cm 17,5 x 24,5, xiv-1138 pp. con 11 tavv. f.t. Rilegato in seta. English text.

ISBN: 9788822258045

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The work of this doctor from Forlì (1530-1606) reassesses the human body and the importance of physical exercise – as practised by the Greeks and Romans – to improve fitness, preserve health and cure diseases. At the dawn of the Modern Age and with our present knowledge it seems that Mercuriale already understood the dangers of a misconceived competitive spirit. This critical edition, with a parallel English translation, intends to propose his message again on the occasion of the 2008 Olympic Games.