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Ancient Botany

Ancient Botany

Gavin Hardy, Laurence Totelin
October 01, 2015

Gavin Hardy and Laurence Totelin have brought together their botanical and historical knowledge to produce this unique overview of ancient botany. It examines all the founding texts of botanical science, such as Theophrastus' Enquiry into Plants, Dioscorides' Materia Medica, Pliny the Elder's...

Ancient Medicine

Ancient Medicine

Vivian Nutton
November 01, 2012

The first edition of Ancient Medicine was the most complete examination of the medicine of the ancient world for a hundred years. The new edition includes the key discoveries made since the first edition, especially from important texts discovered in recent finds of papyri and manuscripts, making...

Time in Antiquity

Time in Antiquity

Robert Hannah
November 25, 2008

Time in Antiquity explores the different perceptions of time from Classical antiquity, principally through the technology designed to measure, mark or tell time. The material discussed ranges from the sixth century BC in archaic Greece to the 3rd century AD in the Roman Empire, and offers...

Ancient Meteorology

Ancient Meteorology

Liba Taub
May 15, 2003

The first book of its kind in English, Ancient Meteorology discusses Greek and Roman approaches and attitudes to this broad discipline, which in classical antiquity included not only 'weather', but occurrences such as earthquakes and comets that today would be regarded as geological, astronomical...

Ancient Mathematics

Ancient Mathematics

Serafina Cuomo
July 26, 2001

The theorem of Pythagoras, Euclid's "Elements", Archimedes' method to find the volume of a sphere: all parts of the invaluable legacy of ancient mathematics. But ancient mathematics was also about counting and measuring, surveying land and attributing mystical significance to the number six. This...

Cosmology in Antiquity

Cosmology in Antiquity

Rosemary Wright
June 29, 1995

The popularity of Stephen Hawking's work has put cosmology back in the public eye. The question of how the universe began, and why it hangs together, still puzzles scientists. Their puzzlement began two and a half thousand years ago when Greek philosophers first 'looked up at the sky and formed a...

Ancient Natural History: Histories of Nature

Ancient Natural History: Histories of Nature

Roger French
October 27, 1994

Ancient 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...

Ancient Astrology

Ancient Astrology

Tamysn Barton
October 06, 1994

An account of astrology from its beginnings in Mesopotamia, focusing on the Greco-Roman world, Ancient Astrology examines the theoretical development and changing social and political role of astrology....

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