Environmental History of Ancient Greece and Rome

ISBN-10: 0521174651

ISBN-13: 9780521174657

Edition: 2012

Authors: Lukas Thommen

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In Greek and Roman antiquity, an ambiguous relationship between man and nature developed, which decisively determined the manner in which the environment was treated. On the one hand, nature was conceived as a space characterized and inhabited by divine powers, which deserved appropriate respect. On the other, a rationalistic view emerged, according to which humankind was to temper nature by means of technical skills and dispose of its resources. This book systematically describes the areas in which ancient people intervened in the environment and thus traces the history of tension between the use of resources and the protection of nature, from the early Greek period to late antiquity. At the same time, it analyses the comprehensive opening up of the Mediterranean area and the northern frontier areas, both for settlement and for economic activity.
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List price: $21.99
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 3/8/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 198
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.924
Language: English

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.

Introduction
Greece:
The geographic space
People and nature
Agriculture
Forests and timber
Gardens
Animals
Food
Fire and water
Earthquakes and volcanoes
Mining
Rome:
The geographic space
People and nature
Agriculture
Forests and timber
Gardens
Animals
Food
Fire and water
Earthquakes and volcanoes
Mining
Urban problems and rural villa construction
The environment in Roman Britain
Conclusion
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