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On Humanity, Chapters 20–21

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Chapter Summary

The third and final section of the body of De humanitate presents Mosaic laws that Philo believes extend fairness to plants. In §§148- 160, two illustrations are provided, both concentrating on the responsibilities Moses' followers have towards cultivated (as opposed to wild) trees. The first illustration (§§149-154) is negative in its orientation (they must not be destroyed), while the second (§§155-159) is more positive (steps must be taken to ensure that they grow to maturity and bear fruit).

Keywords:cultivated plants; De humanitate



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