Environment, sustainability, and Hellenic studies

Ruben Post*

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This article reviews a selection of books published over the last decade that explore the relationship between humans and the environment in the ancient Greek world. These publications represent a new phase of the ecological turn in classical studies, in which ancient environmental studies has emerged as a distinct subdivision of the environmental humanities. Their contributions can roughly be divided into two groups according to their approaches and goals: one applies ecocritical analyses to Greek literature, presenting alternative ecologies to those that have produced contemporary environmental crises; the other applies historical methods to written and material evidence to illuminate the realities of ancient Greek human–environment relations. The three subsections of this review provide overviews of scholarship addressing sustainability and the conservation of natural resources; ecology and religion; and societal resilience in the face of ecological stress. I suggest productive avenues for further research in each area, arguing that interdisciplinary communication and collaboration are becoming increasingly important in this evidentially, methodologically and theoretically variegated field.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)317 - 333
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Hellenic Studies
Publication statusPublished - 3 Mar 2023


  • Anthropocene
  • Ecocriticism
  • Eco-theology
  • Environment
  • Resilience
  • Sustainability


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