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Deep Things out of DarknessA History of Natural History$
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John G. T. Anderson

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780520273764

Published to California Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520273764.001.0001

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. From Hunter-Gatherers to Kings of Kings

. From Hunter-Gatherers to Kings of Kings

(p.6) (p.7) ONE . From Hunter-Gatherers to Kings of Kings
Deep Things out of Darkness

John G. T. Anderson

University of California Press

In which natural history is proposed as the original science-important to early hunter-gatherers and farmers in the practical sense of getting food and preventing one from becoming food. An analogy is drawn to late-Contact Paiute and Washoe cultures. The formation of large, sedentary nation-states allowed a more theoretical natural history to develop, as exemplified by the Assyrian king Asurbanipal. Asurbanipal developed an extensive library that contained both literature and medical treatises-"herbals." The palace in Nineveh contained detailed depictions of plants and animals that suggest a serious interest in the natural world. He also created “paradises” that served as herbaria and as zoological gardens.

Keywords:   hunter-gatherer, Paiute, Fertile Crescent, Assyria, Asurbanipal, Nineveh, great library

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