Ancient Botany (Sciences of Antiquity Series) by Gavin Hardy,Laurence Totelin

By Gavin Hardy,Laurence Totelin

Gavin Hardy and Laurence Totelin have introduced jointly their botanical and historic wisdom to supply this distinct evaluate of historic botany. It examines the entire founding texts of botanical technological know-how, corresponding to Theophrastus' Enquiry into Plants, Dioscorides' Materia Medica, Pliny the Elder's Natural History, Nicolaus of Damascus' On Plants, and Galen' On basic Remedies, but additionally comprises lesser identified texts starting from the 6th century BCE to the 7th century CE, in addition to a few fabric facts. The authors undertake a thematic method instead of a chronological one, contemplating vital concerns akin to the definition of a plant, nomenclature, classifications, body structure, the hyperlink among crops and their setting, and the various usages of crops within the old global. The booklet additionally takes care to put historic botany in its old, social and financial context. The authors have defined all technical botanical phrases and historical historical past notions, and accordingly, this paintings will entice historians of historical technological know-how, drugs and know-how; classicists; and botanists attracted to the heritage in their discipline.

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