Ancient Natural History

Ancient Natural History

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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 serve the purposes of both the Greek philosopher and the Christian allegorist, or of a taxonomist like Theophrastus and a collector of curiosa like Pliny. He argues convincingly that the motives of ancient writers on nature were rarely `scientific' and, indeed, that there was not really any science at all in the ancient world. This book will make fascinating reading for students, academics and anyone who is interested in the history of science, or in the ancient history of ideas.Aristotle seems to have taught about plants somewhere between the topic of youth and age and the last of the animal books, that on generation. ... procuring it in a passage which is a direct counterweight to a famous passage (we shall also meet it below) in which he praises ... substance, natural bodies, living bodies, and the soul as the form of a body having life potentially, a#39;the first grade of actuality of aanbsp;...

Title:Ancient Natural History
Author:Roger French
Publisher:Routledge - 2005-08-08


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