This book, originally published in 1965, discusses the political implication of the spread of science in antiquity. It reveals how the real Greek spirit of scientific research was crushed by Plato and Aristotle, long thought-of as searchers for truth. Historian such as Polybius and Livey and the poets Pinder and Virgil are seen in a new light when set against this background of social struggle.
1. Introductory 2. A First Glance at Our Problem: From Anaximander to Cosmas Indicopleustes 3. A Second Glance at Our Problem: The Geometer-God 4. A Third Glance at Our Problem: From Empedocles to Prudentius 5. Pagan and Christian Superstition 6. The Two Great Achievements of Pre-Socratic Science 7. Promoetheus Bound: The Clash Between Science and the City-State 8. Plato and the Religion of the City-State 9. The Revolt From the Religion of the City-State 10. What Epicurus Did. 11. Epicurus and Plato 12. The Religion of Epicurus 13. Epicureanism Reaches Rome 14. Lucretius 15. After Lucretius
The books in this set, originally published between 1939 and 1991: