New PDF release: Ancient History: Monuments and Documents (Blackwell

By Charles W. Hedrick Jr.

ISBN-10: 1405106573

ISBN-13: 9781405106573

This e-book introduces scholars to the executive disciplines, equipment and assets hired in 'doing' old heritage, in preference to 'reading' it. The book:Encourages readers to have interaction with old resources, instead of to be passive recipients of old stories provides readers a feeling of the character of facts and its use within the reconstruction of the prior is helping them to learn a historic narrative with extra serious appreciation Encourages them to think about the diversities among their very own event of historic resources, and using those items in the daily life of historical society A concise bibliographical essay on the finish of every bankruptcy refers to introductions, indices, study instruments and interpretations, and explains scholarly jargon Written sincerely, concisely and concretely, invoking old illustrations and sleek parallels as acceptable.

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Thucydides, for example, can make an argument that seems very modern in its character: at the beginning of his work he suggests that in early Greece GEOGRAPHY 33 migrations were common, prompting overpopulation. 1–2). 2–8, 11–16). Another major strand of ancient thought deals with the ability of people to master their environment through technology. The idea is expressed particularly frequently in connection with agriculture. Perhaps the most famous statement is to be found in one of the choruses of Sophocles’ drama, the Antigone.

The three traditional ideas about the connection are amply illustrated in ancient authors. 3), where Socrates is made to describe the ways in which the GEOGRAPHY 31 Gods have made nature for the benefit of humanity. The ancient tradition of thought in this vein was summarized by Cicero, in an essay that had an enormous impact on later European thought, On the Nature of the Gods, the De Natura Deorum. 53, 133). The notion that the environment has a determinative influence on human nature is notoriously attested in an emblematic fifth century bc medical essay entitled Airs, Waters and Places, which is attributed to the semi-legendary founding hero of Greek medicine, Hippocrates.

Scythians have hard heads, Egyptians have heads as delicate as eggshells. In the north, women urinate sitting down (as do the Greeks); in the south they urinate standing up, while men urinate sitting down. An emphatic statement of the principle comes at the very end of the history, where the historian relates an 32 GEOGRAPHY anecdote about the Persian king, Cyrus. 7, 1327b), who contrasts cold and hot climates and their effect on character. Peoples of the north are brave, but without skill or intelligence; they keep themselves free, but cannot govern themselves or others.

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