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An Environmental History of Ancient Greece and Rome

  • Date Published: March 2012
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521174657

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  • In ancient Greece and Rome an ambiguous relationship developed between man and nature, and this decisively determined the manner in which they treated the environment. On the one hand, nature was conceived as a space characterized and inhabited by divine powers, which deserved appropriate respect. On the other, a rationalist view emerged, according to which humans were to subdue nature using their technologies and to dispose of its resources. This book systematically describes the ways in which the Greeks and Romans intervened in the environment and thus traces the history of the tension between the exploitation of resources and the protection of nature, from early Greece to the period of late antiquity. At the same time it analyses the comprehensive opening up of the Mediterranean and the northern frontier regions, both for settlement and for economic activity. The book's level and approach make it highly accessible to students and non-specialists.

    • Provides an overview of the relationship between man and nature in Graeco-Roman antiquity
    • Explores the different ways in which the Greeks and Romans exploited the environment
    • Lively and accessible account using both ancient sources and the latest modern research
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    '… justifies its place as introductory reading to such environmental issues as climate, agriculture, foresting and deforestation, food and water supply, population and built environment, mining and urban problems in the Greco-Roman world.' Arctos

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    • Date Published: March 2012
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521174657
    • length: 198 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 154 x 10 mm
    • weight: 0.32kg
    • contains: 25 b/w illus. 2 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    Part I. Greece:
    1. The geographic space
    2. People and nature
    3. Agriculture
    4. Forests and timber
    5. Gardens
    6. Animals
    7. Food
    8. Fire and water
    9. Earthquakes and volcanoes
    10. Mining
    Part II. Rome:
    11. The geographic space
    12. People and nature
    13. Agriculture
    14. Forests and timber
    15. Gardens
    16. Animals
    17. Food
    18. Fire and water
    19. Earthquakes and volcanoes
    20. Mining
    21. Urban problems and rural villa construction
    22. The environment in Roman Britain
    Conclusion.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Global Environment History
    • Historical Theory and Methods
    • History of Environmental Pollution
    • Identity and the Environment
    • Nature and the Environment in the Ancient World
  • Author

    Lukas Thommen, Universität Basel, Switzerland
    Lukas Thommen is a Professor in the Historical Institute at the University of Zurich and is also a member of the Sosipolis International Institute of Ancient Hellenic History in Greece.

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