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 xiii
Pliny's Life and Career
1(30)
Pliny the Writer
31(5)
The Natural History
36(6)
Pliny's Sources
42(21)
Mirabilia
63(8)
Pliny and Research
71(8)
Language and Style
79(21)
Science in Antiquity
100(6)
The Natural History and Technical Literature
106(7)
Science in The Natural History
113(2)
Chemistry
115(27)
Appendices A: Niello
137(5)
Dyes and Dyeing
138(4)
Physics
142(31)
Appendix From Observer to Horizon
171(2)
Earth Sciences
173(17)
Minerals
190(69)
Appendices A: Amber
250(9)
Hydrocarbons
254(3)
Meteorites
257(2)
Minerals as Pigments
259(4)
Gems and Precious Stones
263(8)
Metals
271(76)
Technology
347(24)
Pliny and the Environment
371(9)
The Natural History in the Middle Ages and After
380(13)
Select Bibliography 393(19)
Index Locorum 412(19)
General Index 431

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