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Spoke Greek more often than Egyptian. According to some reports, Cleopatra was the last Egyptian ruler to bother learning the Egyptian language. Later kings employed interpreters and translators. . the Macedonian general Ptolemy I Soter (ca. ) pronounced himself pharaoh. From that point on, Egypt 41 42 ANIMALS remained a Ptolemaic kingdom until the death of Cleopatra and the Roman invasion and occupation that followed. . ), the son of Ptolemy I Soter. For the first three years he ruled in partnership with his father.

Pliny was seeking to claim natural philosophy from the Greeks and to identify it with Roman culture. The result is a truly monumental work. Pliny gives many of the sources of his information and discusses the opinions of other authors, sometimes disagreeing with them. He describes land animals in book , marine animals in book , birds in book , and insects in book . The following extract from chapter  of book , describing the behavior of bees, provides a flavor of Pliny’s style. The manner in which bees carry out their work is as follows.

Aristotle accepted that every organism must perform a particular function, which meant that its basic features were usually fi xed, but he did not accept Plato’s idea that each species reflects an idealized form. Species could change, although their capacity to do so was limited by the fact that offspring resemble their parents. He accepted that animals existed to serve humans, but in his day—and for long afterward—no one questioned that. PLINY, COLLECTOR OF INFORMATION Scholars continued to gather information in the centuries that followed Aristotle, and many wrote books describing their work.

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