Ancient Botany


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Ancient Botany Author: Format: Paperback First Published: Published By: Taylor & Francis Ltd
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Pages: 238 ISBN: 9780415311205 Categories: , ,

The first book to ever be published on this subject, Gavin Hardy’s study of botany in the ancient world is a tremendous contribution to the field, and one to which generations of classicist will turn for help. A much-needed account, perfect for undergraduates, and anyone with an interest in the history of natural science, it includes illustrations of coins and pottery, and botanical images of medieval manuscripts such as De Materia Medica, as well as a comprehensive bibliography. Examining writers and collating information from contemporary sources Ancient Botany: studies writers such as Menestor and Empedocles and gives an account of what was known, or thought of, about plants before the Lyceum of Aristotle expounds the writings of Theophrastus of Eresus, which encapsulate everything that was known about plants in the fourth century BC examines how study in the Lyceum was directed to plants in their own right; how to recognize them, classify them, their ecology, and plant diseases The study and classification of plants was invented by Aristotle’s pupil Theophrastus, and the world of the late antique Dioscorides remained fundamental into early modern times – therefore, this book is of immense value for historians of science for all periods.

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"The book’s authors are keen to bring to bear modern botanical knowledge and understanding to the phenomena described by the ancients. In that respect, Ancient Botany is a great marriage of the ancient and the modern, helping to put modern-day botany in its historical context. Ancient Botany is a work of true scholarship (in the old-fashioned sense), and contains loads of examples for incorporation into lectures on a Plants and People course – and those dealing with plant taxonomy, anatomy, morphology, physiology, cultivation, etc." - Nigel Chaffey, Annals of Botany Journal "The authors' intent is to inform Greek and Roman scholars about the ancient knowledge of plants and to inform today's plant scientists about the foundations of their field. The authors are careful to explain scholarly conventions that are utilized, as these may not be familiar to most botanists. The text contains abundant notes and an extensive bibliography. Both classical scholars and botanists are well-served by this treatment. Summing Up: Recommended." - D. H. Pfister, Harvard University, in CHOICE "Ancient Botany caters to classicists, botanists, and historians of science. Hardy and Totelin have nurtured a resource that branches out to scholars of many fields."- Daniel Bertoni, University of Chicago Press "[A]n excellent introduction to ancient botany, which by its very nature straddles several disciplines -classical literature, the history of medicine, late antique literature and botany itself... Overall, Gavin Hardy and Laurence Totelin's Ancient Botany is set up to acclimate a non-specialist to this rich interdisciplinary subject, and scholars interested in the topic will find the breadth of the study provides paths to new research. Although Hardy and Totelin set up specific parameters to maintain the focus of their work, they still manage to provide a wealth of knowledge and reveal their contagious love of plants." - The Classical Journal