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Pliny's Encyclopedia: The Reception of the Natural History (Aude Doody) Hardcover Book, (Cambridge University Press, 2010) 9780521491037
Pliny's Encyclopedia: The Reception of the Natural History (Aude Doody) Hardcover Book, (Cambridge University Press, 2010) 9780521491037
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Title: Pliny's Encyclopedia: The Reception of the Natural History

Author: Doody, Aude

Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Publication Date: 2010

Hardcover; ISBN: 9780521491037

Volumes: 1; Pages: 202

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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 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.ContentsIntroduction. How to read an encyclopedia1. Science and encyclopedism: the originality of the Natural History2. Diderot's Pliny and the politics of the encyclopedia3. Finding facts: the Summarium in the early printed editions4. Specialist readings: art and medicine from the Natural HistoryConclusion. Changing approaches to Pliny'sNatural HistoryBibliographyIndex
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