Cookies Policy

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

I accept this policy

Find out more here

1 Die antike Vorgeschichte der Verankerung der Naturgeschichte in Politik und Religion: Plinius’ Zoologie und der römische Imperialismus With an English Summary

Brill’s MyBook program is exclusively available on BrillOnline Books and Journals. Students and scholars affiliated with an institution that has purchased a Brill E-Book on the BrillOnline platform automatically have access to the MyBook option for the title(s) acquired by the Library. Brill MyBook is a print-on-demand paperback copy which is sold at a favorably uniform low price.

Access this chapter

+ Tax (if applicable)

Chapter Summary

Pliny's Naturalis historia was of the greatest importance for the formation of knowledge in the early modern period. This chapter presents an overview on the outlines, principles of composition, selection of topics, and manner of presentation of Pliny's zoology in its Roman context, especially in relation to its political and religious background. In general, Pliny emphasizes the miraculous character of God's creation, and nature's inherent intelligence, wisdom, and creative power, which according to him can be demonstrated by the big animals as well as by the smallest creatures mice and insects. However, Pliny's discursive orientation toward the miraculous does not at all imply that his zoology lacks method and system: he divides the species according to their habitats: land, air, and water. Pliny's order of species is fully based on imperialistic patterns of thought.The original text of the chapter is in German.

Keywords: Pliny's zoology; Pliny's Naturalis historia



Can't access your account?
  • Tools

  • Add to Favorites
  • Printable version
  • Email this page
  • Recommend to your library

    You must fill out fields marked with: *

    Librarian details
    Your details
    Why are you recommending this title?
    Select reason:
    Zoology in Early Modern Culture: Intersections of Science, Theology, Philology, and Political and Religious Education — Recommend this title to your library
  • Export citations
  • Key

  • Full access
  • Open Access
  • Partial/No accessInformation