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Description - Human Landscapes in Classical Antiquity by John Salmon

The contributors to this volume consider how the Greeks and Romans perceived their natural world, and how their perceptions affected society. The effects of human settlement and cultivation on the landscape are considered, as well as the representation of landscape in Attic drama. Various aspects of farming, such as the use of terraces and the significance of olive growing, are examined. The uncultivated landscape was also important - hunting was a key social ritual for Greek and Hellenistic elites, and "wild" places were not wastelands but played an essential economic role. The Romans' attempts to control their enviroment are analyzed. This volume shows how Greeks and Romans worked hand in hand with their natural enviroment and not against it. It represents a collaboration between the disciplines of history and archaeology.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780415107556
ISBN-10: 0415107555
Format: Hardback
(216mm x 138mm x mm)
Pages: 368
Imprint: Routledge
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 2-May-1996
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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