Environmental Problems of the Greeks and Romans: Ecology in the Ancient Mediterranean

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JHU Press, 15 Φεβ 2014 - 306 σελίδες

In this dramatically revised and expanded second edition of the work entitled 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 their 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.

Evidence of deforestation in ancient Greece, the remains of Roman aqueducts and mines, and paintings on centuries-old pottery that depict agricultural activities document ancient actions that resulted in detrimental consequences to the environment. Hughes compares the ancient world's environmental problems to other persistent social problems and discusses attitudes toward nature expressed in Greek and Latin literature.

In addition to extensive revisions based on the latest research, this new edition includes photographs from Hughes's worldwide excursions, a new chapter on warfare and the environment, and an updated bibliography.

 

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Ecology in the Greek and Roman World
1
Life Land and Sea in the Mediterranean
8
Chapter 3 Ecological Crises in Earlier Societies
25
Chapter 4 Concepts of the Natural World
43
Chapter 5 Deforestation Overgrazing and Erosion
68
Chapter 6 Wildlife Depletion and Loss of Habitat
88
Chapter 7 Agricultural Decline
110
Chapter 8 Industrial Technology and Environmental Damage
129
Chapter 10 Urban Problems
163
Chapter 11 Paradises and Parks Gardens and Groves
183
Chapter 12 Natural Disasters
196
Chapter 13 Changing Climates
215
Chapter 14 Environmental Problems as Factors in the Decline of Greek and Roman Civilization
224
Notes
237
Bibliography
267
Index
293

Chapter 9 War and the Environment
150

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J. Donald Hughes is John Evans Distinguished Professor and a professor emeritus of history at the University of Denver. His books include The Mediterranean: An Environmental History, An Environmental History of the World: Humankind's Changing Role in the Community of Life, and What is Environmental History?

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