Naturvorstellungen im Altertum: Schilderungen und Darstellungen von Natur im Alten Orient und in der Klassischen Antike [Paperback]

Florian Schimpf (Editor); Dominik Berrens (Editor); Katharina Hillenbrand (Editor); Tim Brandes (Editor); Carrie Schidlo (Editor)

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ISBN: 9781784918255 | Published by: Archaeopress | Year of Publication: 2018 | Language: English Illustrated throughout in colour and black & white




Naturvorstellungen im Altertum: Schilderungen und Darstellungen von Natur im Alten Orient und in der Klassischen Antike

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Everyone who investigates pre-modern concepts of nature cannot avoid a critical reflection on the ancient understandings of it. Here, "nature" is understood in the sense of a seemingly untouched space, largely independent of human culture. While this concept of "nature" is prevalent in modern times, the reconstruction of ancient ideas is difficult in that concepts of nature, if at all present, emphasize other aspects. For example, the Greek term physis‚ in pre-Hellenistic times defines the nature of a thing rather than an untouched environment. A word for "nature" in this sense has not been handed down to us in the remaining texts of the Ancient Near East and Classical Antiquity. Nevertheless, such concepts can certainly be reconstructed from descriptions of nature to be found in literature and the representations of natural elements in art. The present volume aims at identifying these concepts of nature in texts as well as in archaeological remains of the Ancient Near Eastern and the Greek culture from the Archaic to the Hellenistic period. Contributions from the fields of archaeology and philology are juxtaposed for each time period in chronological order. This arrangement provides a good overview of the concepts of nature prevailing throughout different period and cultures.

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