What Did the Romans Know? and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more
Qty:1
  • List Price: $54.00
  • Save: $3.96 (7%)
Only 3 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.
Gift-wrap available.
What Did the Romans Know?... has been added to your Cart
Condition: Used: Like New
Comment: Fine. Jacket in mylar
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

What Did the Romans Know?: An Inquiry into Science and Worldmaking Hardcover – February 28, 2012

1 customer review

See all 4 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Hardcover
"Please retry"
$50.04
$39.81 $25.15

The Upright Thinkers by Leonard Mlodinow
The Upright Thinkers by Leonard Mlodinow
A book for science lovers and for anyone interested in creative thinking and in our ongoing quest to understand our world. Learn more | See similar books
$50.04 FREE Shipping. Only 3 left in stock (more on the way). Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.


Editorial Reviews

Review

“No mere catalogue of accomplishments, [Lehoux’s] multifaceted book brilliantly rethinks both the Roman and our own approaches to the cosmos. . . . Between the coherent past world that the Romans made and the presumed timelessness of our scientific world, Lehoux leaves us not with an unbridgeable chasm but with his pragmatic realism, born at the confluence of ancient science, historical epistemology and the philosophy of science. First rate.”
(Michael H. Shank Times Higher Education)

“This is a thought-provoking book, and I think in its broad strokes it is successful; Lehoux demonstrates to my satisfaction both that all science is socially constructed to a degree and that we should take every society’s science seriously, because they certainly did. . . . It certainly gave me a new and profound respect for the world of Roman science, and for those who practiced it.”
(Caroline Bishop, Washington University in St. Louis Bryn Mawr Classical Review)

“[A]n unprecedented and fascinating description of the mental experience of educated inhabitants of the Roman Empire looking at the natural world.”
(Edith Hall History Today)

“Elegant. . . . Lehoux’s persuasive narrative . . . is not only a work of classical scholarship: it is also a significant contribution to the philosophy of science.”
(David Sedley Times Literary Supplement)

“In this important, brilliant, and truly admirable book, Lehoux has laid the groundwork for a deeper and clearer understanding of Roman science, most of all that it was rich and significant. May he continue to help us enter still further into what the Romans really knew and ponder what that should mean, in turn, for us.”
(Peter Pesic Science)

“This epistemologically sophisticated interrogation of Roman ‘scientific’ activities represents an exciting opportunity for a new beginning in the dialogue between philosophy of science and the history of scientific practices in the ancient world.”
(Courtney Roby, Cornell University Expositions)

“[A]n innovative and commendable exercise at the intersection of ancient history and the philosophy of science.”
(Jacqueline Feke, University of Chicago Expositions)

“[C]omprehensive and thoughtful. . . . With a sound understanding of Roman natural philosophy and a touch of humor, Lehoux’s work investigates ideas fundamental to the history and philosophy of science.”
(Elizabeth A. Hamm, Saint Mary's College of California Expositions)

“This stimulating book richly repays study.”
(T. E. Rihill, Swansea University British Journal for the History of Science)

“Recommended.”
(H. Doss, Wilbur Wright College Choice)

“This book is a jewel.”
(Karin Verelst Isis)

“This is a fascinating analysis of how elite Romans thought about their place in nature. It will be a permanent contribution to our attempts to understand how literate civilizations at various times and places have thought about human relationships to other creatures, to things, and to the gods.”
(Ian Hacking, Collège de France)

What Did the Romans Know? is a brilliant achievement. Equally historical and philosophical, Lehoux’s book is simultaneously sophisticated and accessible. Virtually every page presents provocative and well-grounded insights that reshape what we thought we knew about the Romans and their interconnected world of nature, law, and religion. It is required reading for historians and philosophers, classicists, and anyone interested in antiquity and the bases of human knowledge about the natural world.”
(Lawrence M. Principe, Johns Hopkins University)

“At the intersection of classics, history, and philosophy of science, this is a very original book that explores Roman ways of knowing the world and shows how, despite seeming irrational or completely alien to us today, those views of nature did make perfect sense. Engagingly written, replete with insights and flashes of humor, and addressing current debates in several disciplines, What Did the Romans Know? will finally put to rest the idea that ‘Roman science’ is a contradiction in terms.”
(Serafina Cuomo, Birkbeck, University of London)

About the Author

Daryn Lehoux is professor of classics at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. He is the author of Astronomy, Weather, and Calendars in the Ancient World.

 

NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Best Books of the Month
Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: University Of Chicago Press (February 28, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0226471144
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226471143
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,317,392 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.

Customer Reviews

5 star
0%
4 star
100%
3 star
0%
2 star
0%
1 star
0%
See the customer review
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By bonnie_blu on March 18, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book is not so much an analysis of Roman science as it is an analysis of how ancient Romans apprehended the world in which they lived. In this regard, the author succeeds brilliantly. He shows that ancient Romans had a significantly and dramatically different view of "reality" than modern humans, and that one can only understand them by understanding this worldview. Lehoux deconstructs primary Roman sources in order to reconstruct the Roman worldview. In my opinion, the book is more suited for academics than for non-academics since it tackles complicated concepts and uses the terminology of philosophy to elucidate them. However, for those who have a firm understanding of philosophy and ancient Rome, this book is an invaluable resource.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more
What Did the Romans Know?: An Inquiry into Science and Worldmaking
This item: What Did the Romans Know?: An Inquiry into Science and Worldmaking
Price: $50.04
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com
Want to discover more products? Check out this page to see more: ancient civilizations