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    DescriptionAncient Natural History surveys the ways in which people in the ancient world thought about nature. The writings of Aristotle, Theophrastus, Strabo, Pliny are examined, as well as the popular beliefs of their contemporaries. Roger French finds that the same natural-historical material was used to serve the purposes of both the Greek philosopher and the Christian allegorist, or of a taxonomist like Theophrastus and a collector of curiosa like Pliny. He argues convincingly that the motives of ancient writers on nature were rarely 'scientific' and, indeed, that there was not really any science at all in the ancient world. This book will make fascinating reading for students, academics and anyone who is interested in the history of science, or in the ancient history of ideas.


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    Title
    Ancient Natural History
    Subtitle
    Histories of Nature
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Roger French
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 384
    Width: 138 mm
    Height: 216 mm
    Thickness: 23 mm
    Weight: 521 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780415115452
    ISBN 10: 0415115450
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S2.1
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1D
    BIC E4L: SOC
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD, WN, HBLA
    B&T Merchandise Category: TXT
    BIC subject category V2: JFCX
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    BIC subject category V2: HP
    Libri: I-HP
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 14100
    B&T General Subject: 431
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002010
    BIC subject category V2: 1D
    LC subject heading: , , ,
    DC22: 508.0901
    DC12A: 508.09
    LC classification: QH15.F74 1
    BISAC V2.8: NAT000000
    DC22: 508/.09/01
    LC classification: QH15 .F74 1994
    Thema V1.0: WN, QD, NHD, JBCC9, NHC
    Edition statement
    New ed.
    Publisher
    Taylor & Francis Ltd
    Imprint name
    ROUTLEDGE
    Publication date
    01 November 1994
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Table of contents
    General Introduction to the Series Introduction to this Volume 1. Aristotle and the Nature of Things 2. Theophrastus, Plants and Elephants 3. Geography and Natural History 4. Greece and Rome 5. The Natural History of Pliny 6. Animals and Parables