Pliny the Elder on Science and Technology

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The Elder Pliny's Natural History greatly influenced the content and character of subsequent technical literature. He has received little attention since the 1920s and this book is an overdue reassessment of Pliny's ideas and his text. Pliny had to adapt Latin and Greek to his scientific theories and this has rendered parts of his text ambiguous. Healy includes a detailed study of the technical language and also modern experiments simulating Pliny's techniques.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198146872
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 2/28/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 488
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Pliny's Life and Career 1
2 Pliny the Writer 31
3 The Natural History 36
4 Pliny's Sources 42
5 Mirabilia 63
6 Pliny and Research 71
7 Language and Style 79
8 Science in Antiquity 100
9 The Natural History and Technical Literature 106
10 Science in The Natural History 113
11 Chemistry 115
App. A Niello 137
App. B Dyes and Dyeing 138
12 Physics 142
App From Observer to Horizon 171
13 Earth Sciences 173
14 Minerals 190
App. A Amber 250
App. B Hydrocarbons 254
App. C Meteorites 257
15 Minerals as Pigments 259
16 Gems and Precious Stones 263
17 Metals 271
18 Technology 347
19 Pliny and the Environment 371
20 The Natural History in the Middle Ages and After 380
Select Bibliography 393
Index Locorum 412
General Index 431
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