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Enquiry into Plants : Bks.VI-IX; Treatise on Odours; Concerning Weather Signs v. 2 - Theophrastus

Enquiry into Plants

Bks.VI-IX; Treatise on Odours; Concerning Weather Signs v. 2

By: Theophrastus, Sir A.F. Hort (Translator)

Hardcover Published: 1st July 1989
ISBN: 9780674990883
Number Of Pages: 512

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Theophrastus of Eresus in Lesbos, born about 370 BCE, is the author of the most important botanical works that have survived from classical antiquity. He was in turn student, collaborator, and successor of Aristotle. Like his predecessor he was interested in all aspects of human knowledge and experience, especially natural science. His writings on plants form a counterpart to Aristotle's zoological works.

In the "Enquiry into Plants" Theophrastus classifies and describes varieties--covering trees, plants of particular regions, shrubs, herbaceous plants, and cereals; in the last of the nine books he focuses on plant juices and medicinal properties of herbs. The Loeb Classical Library edition is in two volumes; the second contains two additional treatises: "On Odours" and "Weather Signs."

In "De Causis Plantarum" Theophrastus turns to plant physiology. Books One and Two are concerned with generation, sprouting, flowering and fruiting, and the effects of climate. In Books Three and Four Theophrastus studies cultivation and agricultural methods. In Books Five and Six he discusses plant breeding; diseases and other causes of death; and distinctive flavours and odours.

Theophrastus's celebrated "Characters" is of a quite different nature. This collection of descriptive sketches is the earliest known character-writing and a striking reflection of contemporary life.

Of Under-Shrubs Of the classification of under-shrubs: the wild kinds: the chief distinction that between spinous and spineless
Of spineless under-shrubs and their differences
Of certain specially important spineless under-shrubs- silphium and magydaris-belonging to ferula-like plants
Of spinous under-shrubs and their differences
Of cultivated under-shrubs (coronary plants), with which are included those coronary plants which are herbaceous
Of the seasons at which coronary plants flower, and of the length of their life
Of Herbaceous Plants, Other Than Coronary Plants: Pot-Herbs And Similar Wild Herbs
Of the times of sowing and of germination of pot-herbs
Of the propagation of pot-herbs, and of differences in their roots
Of the flowers and fruits of pot-herbs Of the various forms of some pot-herbs
Of the cultivation of pot-herbs; manure and water
Of the pests which infest pot-herbs
Of the time for which seed of pot-herbs can be kept
Of uncultivated herbs: the wild forms of pot-herbs
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ISBN: 9780674990883
ISBN-10: 0674990889
Series: Loeb Classical No 79 : Book 2
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 512
Published: 1st July 1989
Publisher: HARVARD UNIV PR
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 17.15 x 12.07  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.33

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