Science and Mathematics in Ancient Greek Culture (Hardback)
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Science and Mathematics in Ancient Greek Culture (Hardback)

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Hardback 396 Pages / Published: 26/09/2002
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Ancient Greece was the birthplace of science, which developed in the Hellenized culture of ancient Rome. This volume locates science within ancient Greek society and culture, investigates its impact upon that society, and identifies it as a cultural phenomenon deserving no less attention than literary or artistic creativity. Chapters by seventeen international experts examine the role and achievement of science and mathematics in Greek antiquity through discussion of the linguistic, literary, political, religious, sociological, and technological factors which influenced scientific thought and practice. Greek science was both motivated and constrained by wholly 'unscientific' cultural interests, and by ideas and biases arising from the language and the paradigms of the day. For example, it is here argued that the prediction of eclipses was not a concern of ancient astronomers until after 'non-scientific' authors such as the historian Livy, elaborating on a good story with a moral, suggested that it should be. Familiar classical authors, such as Homer, Polybius, Cicero, and Pliny are here seen in a new light. Less-studied classical authors, such as Euclid, Hero, Galen, and Ptolemy, are also considered, and attention is drawn to areas where there is potential for new research and where editions and translations are still needed.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780198152484
Number of pages: 396
Weight: 917 g
Dimensions: 242 x 163 x 26 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
... this book provides an accessible insight into a number of different areas ... well-produced volume ... where Greek or Latin texts are given in the original, they are translated. The index is useful and thorough. * The Journal of Classics Teaching *
... cutting-edge scholarship on ancient Greek science ... The editors have done a masterful job. * History *
... excellent collection ... The collection is made more useful by several features. Footnotes give full bibliographic citations, sparing the reader the need to flip back and forth from an article to the end of the book. But all citations are also gathered in a comprehensive bibliography at the end as well. An index locorum and an extensive general index further add to the usefulness of the volume. In short, a collection with much to offer to a variety of readers. * Bryn Mawr Classical Review *
... fresh insights into how ancient Greeks viewed the world and their place in it. * Bryn Mawr Classical Review *

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