Natural Knowledge in Preclassical Antiquity

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In describing the origins of modern "science," historians often fail to appreciate or misread how the ancients understood and used significant expressions of "natural knowledge." Few read the story of the cyclops, for example, as useful advice about where to travel and settle ? and where not to. Others search for "lost Egyptian wisdom" rather than see how the great pyramids of the Old Kingdom could be built with the simple tools and cumbersome mathematics of the time.

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Overview

In describing the origins of modern "science," historians often fail to appreciate or misread how the ancients understood and used significant expressions of "natural knowledge." Few read the story of the cyclops, for example, as useful advice about where to travel and settle — and where not to. Others search for "lost Egyptian wisdom" rather than see how the great pyramids of the Old Kingdom could be built with the simple tools and cumbersome mathematics of the time.

Mott T. Greene reexamines the remnants of ancient life using conceptual tools seldom brought to bear on such material. The result is a fresh appraisal of what the evidence will yield about natural phenomena and modes of thought in the distant past. Greene builds on the work of modern scholars but contributes scientific precision and tenacity to debates in areas as diverse as archaeology, early art history, Egyptian fractions, Indo-Iranian religion, classical Greek verse, and Plato's "problem of knowledge."

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Nature

Mott Greene is a brilliant and original investigator of ancient enigmas. This lucid and thoroughly accessible book contains seven essays exploring aspects of knowledge in antiquity up to the time of Plato.

Nature

Mott Greene is a brilliant and original investigator of ancient enigmas. This lucid and thoroughly accessible book contains seven essays exploring aspects of knowledge in antiquity up to the time of Plato.

Nature
Mott Greene is a brilliant and original investigator of ancient enigmas. This lucid and thoroughly accessible book contains seven essays exploring aspects of knowledge in antiquity up to the time of Plato.
Booknews
Reminds us of what people who live outdoors see about nature without high-tech instruments, and the conclusions they are able to draw without complex theories. Then uses this to explain some of the Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801863714
  • Publisher: Hopkins Fulfillment Service
  • Publication date: 12/19/1992
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.48 (d)

Meet the Author

Mott T. Greene is the John B. Magee Distinguished Professor in the Honors Program at the University of Puget Sound. He is the author of Geology in the Nineteenth Century: Changing Views of a Changing World.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Table of Contents

Contents:



Acknowledgments

Introduction



Chapter 1: Prehistory

Chapter 2: Egyptian Fractions

Chapter 3: Hesiod's Volcanoes I. Titans and Typhoeus

Chapter 4: Hesiod's Volcanoes II. Natural History of Cyclopes

Chapter 5: Thales and Halys

Chapter 6: The True Identity of Soma

Chapter 7: Plato's Myths



Notes

Index

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