Ancient Deforestation Revisited

  title={Ancient Deforestation Revisited},
  author={J. Donald Hughes},
  journal={Journal of the History of Biology},
  • J. D. Hughes
  • Published 2011
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Journal of the History of Biology
The image of the classical Mediterranean environment of the Greeks and Romans had a formative influence on the art, literature, and historical perception of modern Europe and America. How closely does is this image congruent with the ancient environment as it in reality existed? In particular, how forested was the ancient Mediterranean world, was there deforestation, and if so, what were its effects? The consensus of historians, geographers, and other scholars from the mid-nineteenth century… 

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