Greek Science of the Hellenistic Era: A Sourcebook

Greek Science of the Hellenistic Era: A Sourcebook

Hardback Routledge Sourcebooks for the Ancient World

By (author) Georgia L. Irby-Massie, By (author) Paul T. Keyser

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  • Publisher: ROUTLEDGE
  • Format: Hardback | 432 pages
  • Dimensions: 157mm x 245mm x 29mm | 758g
  • Publication date: 1 February 2002
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0415238471
  • ISBN 13: 9780415238472
  • Illustrations note: 71 line drawings, 6 tables, 1 b&w photograph

Product description

We all want to understand the world around us, and the ancient Greeks were the first to try and do so in a way we can properly call scientific. Their thought and writings laid the essential foundations for the revivals of science in medieval Baghdad and renaissance Europe. Now their work is accessible to all, with this invaluable introduction to c.100 scientific authors active from 320 BCE to 230 CE. The book begins with an outline of a new socio-political model for the development and decline of Greek science, followed by eleven chapters that cover the main disciplines: * the science which the Greeks saw as fundamental - mathematics * astronomy * astrology and geography * mechanics * optics and pneumatics * the non-mathematical sciences of alchemy, biology, medicine and 'psychology'. Each chapter contains an accessible introduction on the origins and development of the topic in question, and all the authors are set in context with brief biographies.

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"In terms of both the selection and arrangement of material, the book presents an excellent overview of later Greek science in its various aspects. The editors are especially to be praised for devoting individual chapters to astrology and alchemy. A great strength of the volume is the inclusion of a large amount of material from fragmentary or relatively obscure sources, much of which is newly translated into English."-Mark J. Schiefsky, Harvard University, "New England Classical Journal, 2004 "Irby-Massie and Keyser have produced a very useful and welcome resource for teaching and studing Hellenistic science....The volume is greatly enhanced by indices, a timeline, and maps....There are many enjoyable and engaging passages included in the volume, which strengthens its appeal as a teaching resource."-Classical World

Table of contents

1. Introduction 2. Mathematics 3. Astronomy 4. Astrology 5. Geography 6. Mechanics 7. Optics 8. Hydrostatics and Pneumatics 9. Alchemy 10. Biology 11. Medicine 12. "Psychology"