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Papyrus : The Plant That Changed the World: From Ancient Egypt to Today's Water Wars (Reprint)

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From ancient Pharaohs to twenty-first century water wars, papyrus is a unique plant that is still one of the fastest growing plant species on earth. It produces its own “soil”—a peaty, matrix that floats on water—and its stems inspired the fluted columns of the ancient Greeks. In ancient Egypt, the papyrus bounty from the Nile delta provided not just paper for record keeping—instrumental to the development of civilization—but food, fuel and boats.Disastrous weather in the sixth century caused famines and plagues that almost wiped out civilization in the west, but it was papyrus paper in scrolls and codices that kept the record of our early days and allowed the thread of history to remain unbroken. The sworn enemy of oblivion and the guardian of our immortality, it came to our rescue then and will again.Today, it is not just a curious relic of our ancient past, but a rescuing force for modern ecological and societal blight.
From ancient Pharaohs to twenty-first century water wars, papyrus is a unique plant that is still one of the fastest growing plant species on earth. It produces its own ?soil??a peaty, matrix that floats on water?and its stems inspired the fluted columns of the ancient Greeks. In ancient Egypt, the papyrus bounty from the Nile delta provided not just paper for record keeping?instrumental to the development of civilization?but food, fuel and boats.Disastrous weather in the sixth century caused famines and plagues that almost wiped out civilization in the west, but it was papyrus paper in scrolls and codices that kept the record of our early days and allowed the thread of history to remain unbroken. The sworn enemy of oblivion and the guardian of our immortality, it came to our rescue then and will again.Today, it is not just a curious relic of our ancient past, but a rescuing force for modern ecological and societal blight.
Edition: Reprint
Number of Pages: 300
Genre: Nature, History
Sub-Genre: Environmental Conservation + Protection, Ancient / Egypt, Plants
Format: Paperback
Publisher: W W Norton & Co Inc
Author: John Gaudet
Language: English
Street Date: May 15, 2015
TCIN: 16961750
UPC: 9781605988283
Item Number (DPCI): 247-43-4491
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