The Love of Nature among the Romans during the Later Decades of the Republic and the First Century of the Empire

The Love of Nature among the Romans during the Later Decades of the Republic and the First Century of the Empire

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The Love of Nature among the Romans during the Later Decades of the Republic and the First Century of the Empire

The Love of Nature among the Romans during the Later Decades of the Republic and the First Century of the Empire

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The publication of this volume by an author who has spent a long life in the active prosecution of Science may need a few words of explanation. Let me at once disclaim any pretension to classical scholarship. I can only say that, in the midst of wholly different pursuits, I have never lost the taste for those classical studies which were a joy to me in youth, but which since then have been taken up only fitfully and at long intervals, as a restful refreshment. Two years ago, induced by the representations of my lamented friend the late Samuel Henry Butcher, I accepted the Presidency of the Classical Association, and had, as the main duty of my year of office, to deliver an Address in January 1911. I chose a subject which seemed in some measure to combine the classical interests of the members with my own deep love of Nature. I had often found much enjoyment in tracing among the authors of antiquity the mental attitude shown by them . . .

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