Other Natures: Environmental Encounters with Ancient Greek Ethnography

Other Natures: Environmental Encounters with Ancient Greek Ethnography

by Clara Bosak-Schroeder

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Overview

Ancient Greek ethnographies—descriptions of other peoples—provide unique resources for understanding ancient environmental thought and assumptions, as well as anxieties, about how humans relate to nature as a whole. In Other Natures, Clara Bosak-Schroeder examines the works of seminal authors such as Herodotus and Diodorus Siculus to persuasively demonstrate how non-Greek communities affected and were in turn deeply affected by their local animals, plants, climate, and landscape. She shows that these authors used ethnographies of non-Greek peoples to explore, question, and challenge how Greeks ate, procreated, nurtured, collaborated, accumulated, and consumed. In recuperating this important strain of ancient thought, Bosak-Schroeder makes it newly relevant to vital questions and ideas being posed in the environmental humanities today, arguing that human life and well-being are inextricable from the life and well-being of the nonhuman world. By turning to such ancient ethnographies, we can uncover important models for confronting environmental crisis.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780520343481
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 04/21/2020
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 286
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Clara Bosak-Schroeder is Assistant Professor of Classics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
A Note on the Greek 

Introduction

PART I. ANCIENT PERSPECTIVES 
1. Sources and Methods
2. Rulers and Rivers
3. Female Feck
4. Dietary Entanglements
5. Resisting Luxury

PART II. PRESENT CONCERNS 
6. After the Encounter
7. Transformation in the Natural History Museum

Notes 
References 
Index Locorum 
Index

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