By Kenneth F. Kitchell Jr.
The historical Greeks and Romans lived in a global teeming with animals. Animals have been crucial to historic 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, staff, or intruders from the wild. past town domesticated animals have been herded and bred for revenue and wild animals have been searched 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 obvious on each attainable creative medium, woven into textile and inlaid into furnishings. they're the topic of proverbs, oaths and desires. Magicians, physicians and fanatics grew to become to animals and their components for his or her crafts. They paraded sooner than kings, inhabited palaces, and entertained the bad within the area. particularly actually, animals pervaded the traditional international from A-Z.
In entries starting from brief to lengthy, Kenneth Kitchell bargains perception into this often missed international, masking consultant and fascinating examples of mammals, reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates. commonplace animals comparable to the cow, puppy, fox and donkey are handled besides extra unique animals similar to the babirussa, pangolin, and dugong. The proof adduced levels from Minoan instances to the past due 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 historic animal names and the realities in the back of animal lore are introduced forth. Why did the ancients imagine hippopotamuses practiced blood letting on themselves? How do you trap a monkey? Why have been hyenas regarded as hermaphroditic? used to be there rather a vampire moth? Entries are followed through complete citations to historic authors and an intensive bibliography.
Of use to Classics scholars and students, yet written in a mode designed to interact somebody drawn to Greco-Roman antiquity, Animals within the old international from A to Z finds the level and value of the animal global 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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