Pollution and the Environment in Ancient Life and Thought

Pollution and the Environment in Ancient Life and Thought


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Was there any awareness of environmental problems among intellectuals and politicians of the ancient world? Did they even have notions of 'pollution', 'exploitation', and 'depletion' of natural resources? And what forms did human action take for the protection of the environment?

The authors – from the fields of Ancient History, Classical Archeology, Ancient Laws, and History of Medicine – focus on the environmental and ecological awareness in the ancient world, both in material evidence of daily life and in the intellectual thought. They analyse if there was a common awareness of environmental and ecological questions, or if there were only a few and isolated measures aimed at the interest of special social groups and at specific political goals. They discuss to which extent the ancient evidence can be used to identify the roots of modern environmental sensitivity.

"No aspect of the ancient world can be studied, much less understood, in isolation, as this finde volume recognizes."

Georgia L. Irby, Journal of Hellenic Studies 139, 2019
Volume 36
ISBN 978-3-515-11667-1
Media type Book - Paperback
Edition number 1.
Copyright year 2017
Publisher Franz Steiner Verlag
Length 296 pages
Illustrations 2 b/w figs., 2 b/w tables
Size 17.0 x 24.0 cm
Language English