Botanical things considered : plants and imperialism in Pliny the Elder's Historia naturali

dc.contributor.advisorRiggsby, Andrew M.
dc.creatorMeyer, Samantha
dc.creator.orcid0000-0002-0008-4182
dc.date.accessioned2022-03-01T17:23:45Z
dc.date.available2022-03-01T17:23:45Z
dc.date.created2021-12
dc.date.issued2021-12-03
dc.date.submittedDecember 2021
dc.date.updated2022-03-01T17:23:47Z
dc.description.abstractPliny the Elder’s Historia Naturalis is unique among documents from antiquity for many reasons, and has inspired an extensive and varied corpus of scholarship. Recent work on Pliny’s Historia Naturalis has focused on critical discussions of its relationship to the cultural ideals of the aristocracy or the literary culture in first-century, as well as on the connections between the text and Roman imperialism. The following study joins in these efforts by examining the representations of plants in the text, focusing on botanical spices and foreign plants within the framework of botanical imperialism. This report begins with a discussion of Pliny the Elder’s personal history and positionality, and a contextualization of the work in genre categories and structuring elements. Next, diving into a curated selection of botanical episodes, we argue that Pliny’s presentations of these foreign plants reveal specific imperial ideologies and anxieties about luxury and foreign botanical goods in Roman society. A comparison of the text with Roman triumphal processions and themes helps to understand part of Pliny’s larger project while grappling with the intertwined and complex ideologies rooted in the text.
dc.description.departmentClassics
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/2152/103621
dc.identifier.urihttp://dx.doi.org/10.26153/tsw/30536
dc.language.isoen
dc.subjectPliny the Elder
dc.subjectImperialism
dc.subjectNaturalis Historia
dc.subject.lcshPliny, the Elder. Naturalis historia
dc.subject.lcshImperialism--Rome
dc.subject.lcshImperialism and science--Rome
dc.titleBotanical things considered : plants and imperialism in Pliny the Elder's Historia naturali
dc.typeThesis
dc.type.materialtext
thesis.degree.departmentClassics
thesis.degree.disciplineClassics
thesis.degree.grantorThe University of Texas at Austin
thesis.degree.levelMasters
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Arts

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