Theophrastus as Ecologist

  title={Theophrastus as Ecologist},
  author={J. Donald Hughes},
  journal={Environmental Review},
  pages={296 - 306}
  • J. D. Hughes
  • Published 1 December 1985
  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Review
Ecology, considered as a systematic discipline, is a young science. It was recognized as a separate field of inquiry only in the second half of the nineteenth century. But it can look back for precedents to the ancient Greeks, who moved to bring order out of chaos in so many realms of rational inquiry. The word "ecology" (oikologia) does not occur in Greek literature. But Theophrastus of Eresus followed his teacher, Aristotle, in giving attention to the relation between an organism and its… 
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