Plinys Encyclopedia: The Reception of the Natural History by Aude DoodyPlinys Encyclopedia: The Reception of the Natural History by Aude Doody

Plinys Encyclopedia: The Reception of the Natural History

byAude Doody

Hardcover | March 31, 2010

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The Elder Pliny's Natural History is one of the largest and most extraordinary works to survive from antiquity. It has often been referred to as an encyclopedia, usually without full awareness of what such a characterisation implies. In this 2010 book, Dr Doody examines this concept and its applicability to the work, paying far more attention than ever before to the varying ways in which it has been read during the last two thousand years, especially by Francis Bacon and Denis Diderot. This book makes a major contribution not just to the study of the Elder Pliny but to our understanding of the cultural processes of ordering knowledge widespread in the Roman Empire and to the reception of classical literature and ideas.
Title:Plinys Encyclopedia: The Reception of the Natural HistoryFormat:HardcoverDimensions:204 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.51 inPublished:March 31, 2010Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521491037

ISBN - 13:9780521491037


Table of Contents

Introduction. How to read an encyclopedia; 1. Science and encyclopedism: the originality of the Natural History; 2. Diderot's Pliny and the politics of the encyclopedia; 3. Finding facts: the Summarium in the early printed editions; 4. Specialist readings: art and medicine from the Natural History; Conclusion. Changing approaches to Pliny's Natural History; Bibliography; Index.