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The role of natural science in the Roman Imperial Era. In his Quaestiones naturales, Plutarch unmistakably demonstrates a huge interest in the world of natural phenomena. The work of this famous intellectual and philosopher from Chaeronea consists of forty-one natural problems that address a wide variety of questions, sometimes rather peculiar ones, pertaining to ancient Greek physics, including problems related to the fields of zoology, botany, meteorology and their respective subdisciplines. By providing a thorough study of and commentary on this generally neglected text, written by one of the most influential and prolific writers from Antiquity, this book contributes to our better understanding of Plutarch’s natural scientific programme and the condition and role of ancient natural science in the Roman Imperial Era in general.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. p. 1
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Epigraph
  2. pp. 2-6
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  1. ‎Contents
  2. pp. 7-10
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  1. ‎Acknowledgements
  2. pp. 11-12
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  1. ‎Prologue
  1. ‎Plutarch and the history of science: the case of Quaestiones naturales
  2. pp. 15-58
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  1. Part I. Introduction
  1. ‎1. Problems, problems, problems (and Aristotelian precedents)
  2. pp. 61-130
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  1. ‎2. The position of Quaestiones naturales in the corpus Plutarcheum
  2. pp. 131-186
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  1. ‎3. Quaestiones naturales and zetetic ‭παιδεία‬
  2. pp. 187-234
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  1. ‎4. Plutarch’s Platonic world view: the aetiological design of Quaestiones naturales and its scientific context
  2. pp. 235-364
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  1. Part II. Commentary
  2. pp. 365-491
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  1. ‎Synopsis
  2. pp. 492-494
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  1. ‎Bibliography
  2. pp. 495-528
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  1. Index Locorum
  2. pp. 529-555
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Additional Information

ISBN
9789461662293
Related ISBN
9789462700840
MARC Record
OCLC
988170156
Pages
556
Launched on MUSE
2017-06-01
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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