Brill’s New Pauly Supplements II - Volume 8 : The Reception of Antiquity in Renaissance Humanism

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Natural history
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A. Concept and origins

Renaissance Humanists understood the word 'history' in a wider sense than today [31], and the term 'N.', first attested in the 16th cent. and translating the Latin historia naturalis, denotes the research and study of organisms and phenomena of nature. There was no exact equivalent in Antiquity for the early modern discipline that became known as N. Instead, Greek and Roman N., which was mainly an accumulation of traditional lore, though sometimes also the results of systematic studies, was transmitted t…

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Ogilvie, Brian W. (Amherst, Massachusetts), “Natural history”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements II - Volume 8 : The Reception of Antiquity in Renaissance Humanism, English edition by Chad M. Schroeder (2017). Original German-language edition: Renaissance-Humanismus. Herausgegeben von Manfred Landfester. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 2. Staffel, herausgegeben von Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, vol. 9. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2014). Consulted online on 20 May 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-3418_bnps8_SIM_004920>
First published online: 2015



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