Pan's Travail: Environmental Problems of the Ancient Greeks and Romans (Paperback)
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Short Description for Pan's Travail This work links the decline of ancient civilizations to exploitation of the natural world. Focusing on Greece and Rome, it examines the impact of humans and their technologies on the ecology of the Mediterranean basin. Environmental problems in the ancient world are compared to those of other eras.
- Published: 01 January 1996
- Format: Paperback 292 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780801853630 ISBN 10: 080185363X
- Sales rank: 775,626
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Full description for Pan's Travail
In Pan's Travail, J. Donald Hughes examines the environmental history of the classical period and argues that the decline of ancient civilizations resulted in part from exploitation of the natural world. Focusing on Greece and Rome, as well as areas subject to their influences, Hughes offers a detailed look at the impact of humans and their technologies on the ecology of the Mediterranean basin. He also compares the ancient world's environmental problems to those of other eras and discusses attitudes toward nature expressed in Greek and Latin literature.