Pliny the Elder on Science and Technology

Pliny the Elder on Science and Technology

by John F. Healy
     
 

ISBN-10: 0198146876

ISBN-13: 9780198146872

Pub. Date: 04/28/2000

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

The Elder Pliny's Natural History provides a wide-ranging account of human achievement in the arts and sciences in the first century AD. This book re-examines Pliny's work for the first time since the 1920s. Modern experiments, simulating the techniques described by Pliny, and an in-depth study of his development of a technical language, confirm his unique

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The Elder Pliny's Natural History provides a wide-ranging account of human achievement in the arts and sciences in the first century AD. This book re-examines Pliny's work for the first time since the 1920s. Modern experiments, simulating the techniques described by Pliny, and an in-depth study of his development of a technical language, confirm his unique contribution to our knowledge of science in early imperial Rome.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198146872
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
04/28/2000
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
488
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

Abbreviations
1Pliny's Life and Career1
2Pliny the Writer31
3The Natural History36
4Pliny's Sources42
5Mirabilia63
6Pliny and Research71
7Language and Style79
8Science in Antiquity100
9The Natural History and Technical Literature106
10Science in The Natural History113
11Chemistry115
App. ANiello137
App. BDyes and Dyeing138
12Physics142
AppFrom Observer to Horizon171
13Earth Sciences173
14Minerals190
App. AAmber250
App. BHydrocarbons254
App. CMeteorites257
15Minerals as Pigments259
16Gems and Precious Stones263
17Metals271
18Technology347
19Pliny and the Environment371
20The Natural History in the Middle Ages and After380
Select Bibliography393
Index Locorum412
General Index431

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