Abstract
Pliny’s Natural History has been traditionally considered as the unoriginal work of an uncritical compiler. This has also been held to be true of the “biological” books, especially when one compares them with the works of Aristotle, one of Pliny’s main authorities in this domain. Aristotle’s achievements would be remarkable, especially in the field of classification, of which the philosopher is traditionally celebrated as the scientific father. However, by carefully reading HN XXXII it is possible to find a certain “taxonomic” awareness—as, for instance, the need for a more accurate nomenclature in order to distinguish some aquatic animals beyond the proliferation of different vernacular terms—which is not to be found in the works of Aristotle. This, in a rather positivist way, may seem to anticipate Renaissance naturalists, but is in fact the consequence of both Pliny’s encyclopedic project and contingent ethnobiological, linguistic and social factors.
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
Reprint years 2013
DOI 10.1016/j.shpsa.2013.04.006
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

Our Archive


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 50,118
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

Aristotle's Biology.James Lennox - 2008 - Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.

View all 11 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Silenced Intertext: Pliny on Martial on Pliny.Ilaria Marchesi - 2013 - American Journal of Philology 134 (1):101-118.
The Elder Pliny, Posidonius and Surfaces.Ernesto Paparazzo - 2005 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 56 (2):363-376.
The Younger Pliny and Ammianus Marcellinus.Neil Adkin - 1998 - Classical Quarterly 48 (02):593-595.
Hunting for Boars with Pliny and Tacitus.Rebecca Edwards - 2008 - Classical Antiquity 27 (1):35-58.

Analytics

Added to PP index
2014-01-23

Total views
15 ( #611,218 of 2,324,566 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
2 ( #461,830 of 2,324,566 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads

My notes