An Environmental History of Ancient Greece and Rome (Key by Lukas Thommen

By Lukas Thommen

In old Greece and Rome an ambiguous courting constructed among guy and nature, and this decisively made up our minds the style within which they taken care of the surroundings. at the one hand, nature was once conceived as an area characterised and inhabited via divine powers, which deserved acceptable admire. at the different, a rationalist view emerged, in accordance with which people have been to subdue nature utilizing their applied sciences and to cast off its assets. This booklet systematically describes the ways that the Greeks and Romans intervened within the surroundings and therefore lines the background of the stress among the exploitation of assets and the security of nature, from early Greece to the interval of past due antiquity. even as it analyses the great commencing up of the Mediterranean and the northern frontier areas, either for payment and for fiscal job. The book's point and method make it hugely available to scholars and non-specialists.

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