Pan's Travail: Environmental Problems of the Ancient Greeks and Romans / Edition 1

Pan's Travail: Environmental Problems of the Ancient Greeks and Romans / Edition 1

by J. Donald Hughes
     
 

ISBN-10: 080185363X

ISBN-13: 9780801853630

Pub. Date: 01/01/1996

Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press

In Pan's Travail, J. Donald Hughes examines the environmental history of the classical period and argues that the decline of ancient civilizations resulted in part from exploitation of the natural world. Focusing on Greece and Rome, as well as areas subject to their influences, Hughes offers a detailed look at the impact of humans and their technologies on

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In Pan's Travail, J. Donald Hughes examines the environmental history of the classical period and argues that the decline of ancient civilizations resulted in part from exploitation of the natural world. Focusing on Greece and Rome, as well as areas subject to their influences, Hughes offers a detailed look at the impact of humans and their technologies on the ecology of the Mediterranean basin. He also compares the ancient world's environmental problems to those of other eras and discusses attitudes toward nature expressed in Greek and Latin literature.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801853630
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
01/01/1996
Series:
Ancient Society and History
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.66(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Preface
1Introduction: Ecology in the Greek and Roman Worlds1
2The Environment: Life, Land, and Sea in the Mediterranean Region8
3Ecological Crises in Earlier Societies24
4Concepts of the Natural World45
5Deforestation, Overgrazing, and Erosion73
6Wildlife Depletion: Hunting, Fishing, and the Arena91
7Industrial Technology and Environmental Damage112
8Agricultural Decline130
9Urban Problems149
10Groves and Gardens, Parks and Paradises169
11Environmental Problems as Factors in the Decline of the Greek and Roman Civilizations181
Ancient Sources Cited, with Abbreviations201
Notes207
Bibliography235
Index263

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