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

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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

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Editorial Reviews

Bryn Mawr Classical Review
A significant contribution to understanding the relationship between Classical Civilization in the Mediterranean Basin and its contemporary natural environment during the period from 800 B.C. to 600 A.D... Worthwhile and thought-provoking reading.
Sciences
This backward glance at glorious civilizations—now vanished, in part, because they neglected the long-term limits of their growth—should serve as an object lesson to those who argue that goodwill and technical ingenuity alone can sustain societies indefinitely.
Greece and Rome
A book on green issues is something new and Pan's Travails, moreover, is a compelling recital of man's mistreatment of the Mediterranean environment.
Booknews
Hughes (history, U. of Denver) 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 on areas subject to their influences, he offers a detailed look at the impact of humans and their technologies on the ecology of the Mediterranean basin. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801853630
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/1996
  • Series: Ancient Society and History
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Meet the Author

J. Donald Hughes is professor of history at the University of Denver. His books include Ecology in Ancient Civilizations and Ecological Consciousness.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Table of Contents

Preface
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
8 Agricultural Decline 130
9 Urban Problems 149
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
Notes 207
Bibliography 235
Index 263
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