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Animals in the Ancient World from A to Z by Kenneth F. Kitchell Jr.

By Kenneth F. Kitchell Jr.

The historical Greeks and Romans lived in a global teeming with animals. Animals have been essential to old trade, struggle, love, literature and artwork. contained in the urban they have been discovered as pets, pests, and parasites. they can be sacred, sacrificed, liminal, employees, or intruders from the wild. past the town domesticated animals have been herded and bred for revenue and wild animals have been looked for excitement and achieve alike. experts like Aristotle, Aelian, Pliny and Seneca studied their anatomy and behaviour. Geographers and tourists defined new lands by way of their animals. Animals are to be visible on each attainable inventive medium, woven into textile and inlaid into furnishings. they're the topic of proverbs, oaths and desires. Magicians, physicians and enthusiasts became to animals and their components for his or her crafts. They paraded sooner than kings, inhabited palaces, and entertained the bad within the area. rather actually, animals pervaded the traditional global from A-Z.


In entries starting from brief to lengthy, Kenneth Kitchell deals perception into this usually neglected global, protecting consultant and interesting examples of mammals, reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates. regular animals corresponding to the cow, puppy, fox and donkey are handled besides extra unique animals resembling the babirussa, pangolin, and dugong. The facts adduced levels from Minoan occasions to the overdue Roman Empire and is taken from archaeology, historical authors, inscriptions, papyri, cash, mosaics and all different creative media. every time attainable reasoned identifications are given for historical animal names and the realities at the back of animal lore are introduced forth. Why did the ancients imagine hippopotamuses practiced blood letting on themselves? How do you seize a monkey? Why have been hyenas considered hermaphroditic? was once there particularly a vampire moth? Entries are observed by means of complete citations to historic authors and an in depth bibliography.


Of use to Classics scholars and students, yet written in a method designed to interact an individual drawn to Greco-Roman antiquity, Animals within the historic global from A to Z finds the level and value of the animal international to the traditional Greeks and Romans. It solutions many questions, asks a number of extra, and seeks to stimulate extra learn during this very important box.

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