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  • De mens is geen plaag

    Over samenleven met 10 miljard mensen op aarde
    Cees Buisman
  • Fauna and Flora of the Sonian forest

    Bart Muys, Hans Baeté, Toni Llobet

    Fauna and Flora of the Sonian forest

    The Sonian Forest has been recognised as part of the Unesco World Heritage site ‘Ancient and Primeval Beech Forests’. An attractive title for a forest that has never been under agriculture and was already mentioned in charters dating back to the 12th century. For centuries it was a major source of wood and game. Despite land sales followed by large-scale deforestation in the 1830’s, this wooded area on the outskirts of Brussels sill covers more than 5,000 ha. 

    This nature guide ‘Fauna and flora of the Sonian Forest’ invites you to discover the most beautiful peri-urban forest of Europe. For beginners it’s an ideal start to get to know species in their environment. For naturalists it’s a key to discovering lesser known groups of plants, fungi and animals. The guide contains 9 enticing dioramas of habitats and more than 700 lifelike illustrations of species by the famous nature illustrator Toni Llobet, enriched with expert text by field ecologist Hans Baeté under scientific supervision of Prof. Bart Muys (KU Leuven) 

    ‘Fauna and flora of the Sonian Forest’is the first episode in a new series of field guides visiting major nature areas in the Benelux. What sets these field guides apart is their compact but exhaustive exploration of plants, fungi, birds, insects, mammals, etc for a specific region. So hikers can explore an area with only one guide at hand. 

  • Roma Intima

    Love, Lust and Human Body
    Bert Gevaert, Johan Mattelaer

    Roma Intima

    In Ancient Rome, orgies were an everyday affair, weren’t they? The place was a paradise for people with a huge sexual
    appetite, wasn’t it? Ever since the discovery of erotic images amongst the ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum, this one-sided picture of a dissolute and debauched Rome has been consistently presented in literature, art, film and television. Bert Gevaert, Doctor in Classical Philology, and Dr. Johan Mattelaer, urologist, now consign these ideas to the dustbin of history. In Roma Intima the authors answer questions like: what did the Romans think made a body beautiful? What turned them on, sexually? What turned them off? What was their attitude towards love between people of
    the same gender? Were they embarrassed by ‘bath-and-toilet’ matters? Did the Romans use aphrodisiacs? Or ontraceptives? What underclothes did they wear? Did they have pornography? What obscene swear words did they use to insult each other?
    DR. BERT GEVAERT guides readers effortlessly through the many Roman texts – most of them little known and uncensored –
    about love, sex and intimacy, while Dr. JOHAN MATTELAER opens the door to the world of physiology and the physical
    aspects of human sexuality. The wealth of illustrations that accompany the texts come from Roman archaeological sites and from some of the world’s finest museums and private collections.