De pijlen van de pest. Pestilenties in de Griekse wereld 800-400 v.C.
Private Presses, Amsterdam, 1989. XVI,298p. Theses. Paperback. Diss. Rijksuniversiteit Leiden. 'In this work of sober and meticulous scholarship, Dr. Horstmanshoff explores the social effects of plague ('loimos') in the Greek world from 800 to 400 B.C. In particular, he is interested how, in the differing social structures, for example, of the Homeric and Thucydidean communities, the acute traumatic shock of epidemic disease led either to a kind of retrenchement, with reemphasis of traditional values and hierarchies, or toward a moral dissolution, which he names 'anomia'. Questions of medicine (...) and of medical history (...) are treated only indirectly, when they have a relevance for the book's central theme. (...) To sum up, H. has taken an interesting problem of early Greek society, and by a judicious synthesis of traditional philological methods with concepts and approaches originating in the social sciences succeeded in coming to new and significant insights. This is an interesting book, which will amply reward its detailed study.' (PAUL POTTER in The Classical Review (New Series), 1990, pp.523-524).