Sciences of Antiquity

Series Editor:
  • Liba Taub
    The Whipple Museum of the History of Science, University of Cambridge, UK

The volumes in Sciences of Antiquity explore how the ancients saw, interpreted and handled the natural world, from the elements to the most complex of living things. Their discussions on these matters formed a resource for those who later worked on the same topics, including scientists. A consequent purpose is to provide historians with an understanding of the materials with which later writers, rather than passively receiving and transmitting ancient ideas, constructed their own world view.

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    Ancient Botany

    By Gavin Hardy, Laurence Totelin

    Gavin Hardy and Laurence Totelin have brought together their botanical and historical knowledge to produce this unique overview of ancient botany. It examines all the founding texts of botanical science, such as Theophrastus' Enquiry into Plants, Dioscorides' Materia Medica, Pliny the Elder's…

    Paperback – 2015-10-01
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    Ancient Medicine

    2nd Edition

    By Vivian Nutton

    The first edition of Ancient Medicine was the most complete examination of the medicine of the ancient world for a hundred years. The new edition includes the key discoveries made since the first edition, especially from important texts discovered in recent finds of papyri and manuscripts, making…

    Paperback – 2012-11-01
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    Time in Antiquity

    By Robert Hannah

    Time in Antiquity explores the different perceptions of time from Classical antiquity, principally through the technology designed to measure, mark or tell time. The material discussed ranges from the sixth century BC in archaic Greece to the 3rd century AD in the Roman Empire, and offers…

    Paperback – 2008-11-25
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    Ancient Meteorology

    By Liba Taub

    The first book of its kind in English, Ancient Meteorology discusses Greek and Roman approaches and attitudes to this broad discipline, which in classical antiquity included not only 'weather', but occurrences such as earthquakes and comets that today would be regarded as geological, astronomical…

    Paperback – 2003-05-15
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    Ancient Mathematics

    By Serafina Cuomo

    The theorem of Pythagoras, Euclid's "Elements", Archimedes' method to find the volume of a sphere: all parts of the invaluable legacy of ancient mathematics. But ancient mathematics was also about counting and measuring, surveying land and attributing mystical significance to the number six. This…

    Paperback – 2001-07-26
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    Cosmology in Antiquity

    By Rosemary Wright

    The popularity of Stephen Hawking's work has put cosmology back in the public eye. The question of how the universe began, and why it hangs together, still puzzles scientists. Their puzzlement began two and a half thousand years ago when Greek philosophers first 'looked up at the sky and formed a…

    Paperback – 1995-06-29
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    Ancient Natural History

    Histories of Nature

    By Roger French

    Ancient Natural History surveys the ways in which people in the ancient world thought about nature. The writings of Aristotle, Theophrastus, Strabo, Pliny are examined, as well as the popular beliefs of their contemporaries. Roger French finds that the same natural-historical material was used to…

    Paperback – 1994-10-27
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    Ancient Astrology

    By Tamysn Barton

    An account of astrology from its beginnings in Mesopotamia, focusing on the Greco-Roman world, Ancient Astrology examines the theoretical development and changing social and political role of astrology.…

    Paperback – 1994-10-06
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