Science and Mathematics in Ancient Greek Culture

Hardcover | September 15, 2002

EditorC. J. Tuplin, T. E. RihllbyLewis Wolpert

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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 thanliterary 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 wasboth 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' authorssuch 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 andtranslations are still needed.

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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 thanliterary or artistic creativity.Chapters by ...

C. J. Tuplin is Reader in Ancient History at the University of Liverpool T. E. Rihll is Lecturer in the Department of Classics and Ancient History at the University of Wales, Swansea

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:396 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.04 inPublished:September 15, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Lewis Wolpert: Foreword1. T. E. Rihll: Introduction: Greek Science in context2. Andrew Barker: Words for sounds3. J. L. Berggren: Ptolemy's maps as an introduction to ancient science4. Harry M. Hine: Seismology and vulcanology in antiquity5. Alan C. Bowen: The art of the commander and the emergence of predictive astronomy6. R. Hannah: Euctemon's parapegma7. L. Taub: Instruments of Alexandrian astronomy: the uses of the equinoctial rings8. J. J. Coulton: The Dioptra of Heron of Alexandria9. S. Cuomo: The machine and the city: hero of Alexandria's Belopoecia10. J. R. Milton: Ancient atomism: promise and failure11. R. Netz: Greek mathematicians: a group picture12. Edward Hussey: Aristotle and mathematics13. C. M. Taisbak: Euclid's Elements 9.14 and the Fundamental Theorem of Arithmetic14. V. Nutton: Ancient medicine: Asclepius transformed15. Teun Tieleman: Galen on the seat of the intellect: anatomical experiment and philosophical tradition16. T. E. Rihll and J. V. Tucker: Practice makes perfect: processing materials in classical Athens17. C. Anne Wilson: Distilling, sublimation, and the four elements: the aims and achievements of the earliest Greek chemists

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`Several essays offer new insights by crossing old, restrictive borders.'Bryn Mawr Classical Review