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What Did the Romans Know?: An Inquiry into Science and Worldmaking

Daryn Lehoux


This book contends that even though many of the Romans' views about the natural world have no place in modern science—the umbrella-footed monsters and dog-headed people that roamed the earth and the stars that foretold human destinies—their claims turn out not to be so radically different from our own. The book draws upon a wide range of sources from what is unquestionably the most prolific period of ancient science, from the first century bc to the second century ad. It begins with Cicero's theologico-philosophical trilogy On the Nature of the Gods, On Divination, and On Fate, illustrating ho ... More

Keywords: Cicero, Galen, Ptolemy, Lucretius, Plutarch, Seneca, realism, relativism, natural world

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780226471143
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226471150.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Daryn Lehoux, author