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Ancient Natural History : Histories of Nature - Roger French

Ancient Natural History

Histories of Nature

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Published: 27th October 1994
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"Ancient Natural History" surveys the ways in which people in the ancient world thought about nature, particularly animals and plants. It looks at those people whose wider views are known, so that we can see their natural history in context. As a large number of readers are aware of the importance of Greek "science" in later periods of European history, this book is designed to show how such doctrines arose in ancient society.
Ancient natural history was the gathering and presentation of "historiae, " items worthy of note by the philosopher, popularizer or marvel-monger. These "histories" were natural because they were part of the physical world. The book examines the relationship between the physical world, the gods, Greek philosophy and the purposes of those who expressed such different notions about "nature." Attention is given to Aristotle's animals and Theophrastus's plants.
"Histories" worthy of note most often came from distant places, and Strabo's geography is taken as illustrative of the principles of the book. Pliny's "Natural History" is examined in some detail. A major theme of the book is how natural history was treated differently by different societies: the Greeks, the Romans, Jews and Christians.

List of plates
General series introduction
Introductionp. 1
Aristotle and the Natures of Thingsp. 6
Theophrastus, Plants and Elephantsp. 83
Geography and Natural Historyp. 114
Greece and Romep. 149
The Natural History of Plinyp. 196
Animals and Parablesp. 256
Notesp. 304
Indexp. 349
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ISBN: 9780415088800
ISBN-10: 0415088801
Series: Sciences of Antiquity
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 27th October 1994
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 2.77
Weight (kg): 0.77
Edition Number: 1