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- DescriptionGavin Hardy and Laurence Totelin have brought together their botanical and historical kwledge 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 Natural History, Nicolaus of Damascus' On Plants, and Galen' On Simple Remedies, but also includes lesser kwn texts ranging from the sixth century BCE to the seventh century CE, as well as some material evidence. The authors adopt a thematic approach rather than a chrological one, considering important issues such as the definition of a plant, menclature, classifications, physiology, the link between plants and their environment, and the numerous usages of plants in the ancient world. The book also takes care to place ancient botany in its historical, social and ecomic context. The authors have explained all technical botanical terms and ancient history tions, and as a result, this work will appeal to historians of ancient science, medicine and techlogy; classicists; and botanists interested in the history of their discipline.
- Author BiographyF G Hardy (or Gavin Hardy) is a Tutor in the Office of Lifelong Learning at the University of Edinburgh, UK. Laurence Totelin is Lecturer in Ancient History at Cardiff University, UK.
- Author(s)Gavin Hardy,Laurence Totelin
- PublisherTaylor & Francis Ltd
- Date of Publication01/10/2009
- Series TitleSciences of Antiquity Series
- Series Part/Volume Numberv. 2
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight504 g
- Width156 mm
- Height234 mm
- Spine16 mm
- Format DetailsPaper over boards
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