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    DescriptionIn Pan's Travail, J. Donald Hughes examines the environmental history of the classical period and argues that the decline of ancient civilizations resulted in part from exploitation of the natural world. Focusing on Greece and Rome, as well as areas subject to their influences, Hughes offers a detailed look at the impact of humans and their technologies on the ecology of the Mediterranean basin. He also compares the ancient world's environmental problems to those of other eras and discusses attitudes toward nature expressed in Greek and Latin literature.


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    Title
    Pan's Travail
    Subtitle
    Environmental Problems of the Ancient Greeks and Romans
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) J. Donald Hughes
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 292
    Width: 140 mm
    Height: 216 mm
    Thickness: 16 mm
    Weight: 374 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780801853630
    ISBN 10: 080185363X
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.1
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD, HBLA
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDAR
    LC subject heading:
    BIC subject category V2: RN
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDAG
    Libri: I-HP
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    Abridged Dewey: 930
    LC classification: DE
    B&T General Subject: 431
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    BISAC V2.8: SCI026000
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 27610
    B&T Merchandise Category: POD
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 363.7
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002000
    BIC subject category V2: 1QDAR, 1QDAG
    DC20: 363.700938
    Thema V1.0: NHD, NHC, RN
    Edition statement
    Reprint
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations
    Publisher
    JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Imprint name
    JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Publication date
    01 January 1996
    Publication City/Country
    Baltimore, MD
    Author Information
    J. Donald Hughes is professor of history at the University of Denver. His books include Ecology in Ancient Civilizations and Ecological Consciousness.
    Review quote
    A significant contribution to understanding the relationship between Classical Civilization in the Mediterranean Basin and its contemporary natural environment during the period from 800 B.C. to 600 A.D... Worthwhile and thought-provoking reading. Bryn Mawr Classical Review This backward glance at glorious civilizations-now vanished, in part, because they neglected the long-term limits of their growth-should serve as an object lesson to those who argue that goodwill and technical ingenuity alone can sustain societies indefinitely. Sciences A book on green issues is something new and Pan's Travails, moreover, is a compelling recital of man's mistreatment of the Mediterranean environment. Greece and Rome
    Back cover copy
    "Many people express surprise", writes J. Donald Hughes, "when they are told that environmental problems existed in the ancient world; they are used to thinking of the environment as an exclusively modern concern. But an examination of the evidence shows that the Greeks and Romans not only suffered from some of the same predicaments that plague the present scene, but in many cases they were aware of them and commented on them". In Pan's Travail Hughes examines the environmental history of the classical period and argues that the decline of ancient civilizations resulted in part from exploitation of the natural world. Focusing on Greece and Rome, as well as on areas subject to their influences, Hughes offers a detailed look at the impact of humans and their technologies on the ecology of the Mediterranean basin. He explores the complex relationships of human culture and the environment with topics that include deforestation and overgrazing, soil erosion, depletion of wildlife and natural resources, pollution, and urban problems such as water supply and sewage disposal. He also compares the ancient world's environmental problems to those of other eras and discusses attitudes toward nature expressed in Greek and Latin literature.