Pliny the Elder: Themes and Contexts

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Roy Gibson, Ruth Morello
BRILL, Apr 11, 2011 - History - 248 pages
Pliny's "Naturalis Historia" a brilliant and sophisticated encyclopaedia of the scientific, artistic, philosophical, botanical and zoological riches of the ancient world has had a long career in the footnotes of historical studies. This is a phenomenon born of the sense that the work was there to consult, or to use, as a resource to aid investigation of specific technical issues or passages, of Quellenforschung, or of delimited topic areas. The contributors to the present volume both represent and join a new generation of critics who have begun to try to read this monumental text, and by examining the dominant motifs which give shape and order to the work to construct frameworks within which we may understand and interpret Pliny s overarching agenda.
 

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Contents

Rhiannon Ash Chapter One Pliny the Elders Attitude to Warfare
1
Andrew Fear Chapter Two The Romans Burden
21
Eugenia Lao Chapter Three Luxury and the Creation of a Good Consumer
35
Some Paradoxes in the Naturalis Historia
57
Mary Beagon Chapter Five The Curious Eye of the Elder Pliny
71
Ernesto Paparazzo Chapter Six Philosophy and Science in the Elder Plinys Naturalis Historia
89
Aude Doody Chapter Seven The Science and Aesthetics of Names in the Natural History
113
Cynthia Damon Chapter Eight Pliny on Apion
131
Ruth Morello Chapter Nine Pliny and the Encyclopaedic Addressee
147
Clemence Schultze Chapter Ten Encyclopaedic Exemplarity in Pliny the Elder
167
The Naturalis Historia and the Letters of the Younger Pliny
187
Michael Reeve Chapter Twelve The Vita Plinii
207
Bibliography
223
General Index
241
Index of Passages
243
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Roy K Gibson, Ph.D. (1993) in Classics, University of Cambridge, is Professor of Latin at the University of Manchester. He has published extensively on Augustan poetry, and is co-editor with Ruth Morello of "Re-imagining Pliny the Younger" (Arethusa 36.2, 2003), and co-author also with Ruth Morello of "Reading the Letters of Pliny the Younger: an Introduction" (Cambridge, 2011). Ruth Morello, Ph.D. (1994) in Classics, Cornell, is Lecturer in Classics at the University of Manchester. She has published extensively on historiographical texts of the early imperial period and - in addition to co-editing with Roy Gibson "Re-imagining Pliny the Younger" (Arethusa 36.2, 2003), and co-authoring also with Roy Gibson "Reading the Letters of Pliny the Younger: an Introduction" (Cambridge, 2011) - has co-edited with Andrew Morrison "Ancient Letters" (Oxford, 2007). Contributors: Rhiannon Ash, Mary Beagon, Cynthia Damon, Aude Doody, Andrew Fear, Roy Gibson, Eugenia Lao, Ruth Morello, Val rie Naas, Ernesto Paparazzo, Clemence Schultze, Michael Reeve.