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Pan's Travail: Environmental Problems of the Ancient Greeks and Romans

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In 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 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. He also compares the ancient world's environmental problems to those of other eras and discusses attitudes toward nature expressed in Greek and Latin literature. "A book on green issues is something new and Pan's Travails, moreover, is a compelling recital of man's mistreatment of the Mediterranean environment." — Greece and Rome "Inclusive, accessible, and a valuable contribution to our understanding of the ancient environment." — Donald Engels, University of Arkansas

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This work links the decline of ancient civilizations to exploitation of the natural world. Focusing on Greece and Rome, it examines the impact of humans and their technologies on the ecology of the Mediterranean basin. Environmental problems in the ancient world are compared to those of other eras.

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"Many people express surprise", writes J. Donald Hughes, "when they are told that environmental problems existed in the ancient world; they are used to thinking of the environment as an exclusively modern concern. But an examination of the evidence shows that the Greeks and Romans not only suffered from some of the same predicaments that plague the present scene, but in many cases they were aware of them and commented on them". In Pan's Travail Hughes examines the environmental history of the classical period and argues that the decline of ancient civilizations resulted in part from exploitation of the natural world. Focusing on Greece and Rome, as well as on 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. He explores the complex relationships of human culture and the environment with topics that include deforestation and overgrazing, soil erosion, depletion of wildlife and natural resources, pollution, and urban problems such as water supply and sewage disposal. He also compares the ancient world's environmental problems to those of other eras and discusses attitudes toward nature expressed in Greek and Latin literature.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780801853630
Author:
Hughes, J. Donald
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Location:
Baltimore
Subject:
Nature
Subject:
Environmental Science
Subject:
Ancient - General
Subject:
Environmental engineering
Subject:
Civilization, Classical
Subject:
Environmental degradation
Subject:
World History-Ancient History
Edition Description:
Johns Hopkins paperbacks ed.
Series:
Ancient society and history
Series Volume:
EA-2508
Publication Date:
19960131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8.28x5.48x.73 in. .85 lbs.

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History and Social Science » Archaeology » General
History and Social Science » Archaeology » Italy and Rome
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History and Social Science » World History » Ancient History
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Pan's Travail: Environmental Problems of the Ancient Greeks and Romans
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"Synopsis" by , This work links the decline of ancient civilizations to exploitation of the natural world. Focusing on Greece and Rome, it examines the impact of humans and their technologies on the ecology of the Mediterranean basin. Environmental problems in the ancient world are compared to those of other eras.
"Synopsis" by , "Many people express surprise", writes J. Donald Hughes, "when they are told that environmental problems existed in the ancient world; they are used to thinking of the environment as an exclusively modern concern. But an examination of the evidence shows that the Greeks and Romans not only suffered from some of the same predicaments that plague the present scene, but in many cases they were aware of them and commented on them". In Pan's Travail Hughes examines the environmental history of the classical period and argues that the decline of ancient civilizations resulted in part from exploitation of the natural world. Focusing on Greece and Rome, as well as on 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. He explores the complex relationships of human culture and the environment with topics that include deforestation and overgrazing, soil erosion, depletion of wildlife and natural resources, pollution, and urban problems such as water supply and sewage disposal. He also compares the ancient world's environmental problems to those of other eras and discusses attitudes toward nature expressed in Greek and Latin literature.
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