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In old Greece and Rome an ambiguous courting built among guy and nature, and this decisively made up our minds the way during which they taken care of the surroundings. at the one hand, nature was once conceived as an area characterised and inhabited through divine powers, which deserved acceptable admire. at the different, a rationalist view emerged, in response to which people have been to subdue nature utilizing their applied sciences and to do away with its assets. This booklet systematically describes the ways that the Greeks and Romans intervened within the setting and therefore lines the historical past of the strain among the exploitation of assets and the security of nature, from early Greece to the interval of overdue antiquity. even as it analyses the great establishing up of the Mediterranean and the northern frontier areas, either for cost and for monetary job. The book's point and process make it hugely available to scholars and non-specialists.

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