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Forest
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Linguistically, a forest in Latin (Serv. Aen. 1,310) is differentiated according to the degree of human cultivation (silva, nemus,  saltus ) and the associated religious sphere (lucus,  ‘Grove’). On one hand, forests caused fear and discomfort (Cic. Nat. D. 2,6; Plin. HN 12,3), on the other hand they were valued as places of (even productive) rest and recuperation (Plin. Ep. 1,6,2; 9,10,2; Tac. Dial. 9,6; 12,1). Forests received an extremely negative connotation among Romans in the context of the military o…

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Sonnabend, Holger (Stuttgart), “Forest”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 26 January 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e12208770>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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