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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.
Johns Hopkins University Press
|1||Introduction: Ecology in the Greek and Roman Worlds||1|
|2||The Environment: Life, Land, and Sea in the Mediterranean Region||8|
|3||Ecological Crises in Earlier Societies||24|
|4||Concepts of the Natural World||45|
|5||Deforestation, Overgrazing, and Erosion||73|
|6||Wildlife Depletion: Hunting, Fishing, and the Arena||91|
|7||Industrial Technology and Environmental Damage||112|
|10||Groves and Gardens, Parks and Paradises||169|
|11||Environmental Problems as Factors in the Decline of the Greek and Roman Civilizations||181|
|Ancient Sources Cited, with Abbreviations||201|
Posted December 18, 2008
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