By Kenneth F. Kitchell Jr.
The old Greeks and Romans lived in a global teeming with animals. Animals have been vital to historic trade, battle, love, literature and artwork. contained in the urban they have been came across 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 sought for excitement and achieve alike. experts like Aristotle, Aelian, Pliny and Seneca studied their anatomy and behaviour. Geographers and tourists defined new lands when it comes to their animals. Animals are to be obvious on each attainable creative medium, woven into fabric and inlaid into furnishings. they're the topic of proverbs, oaths and desires. Magicians, physicians and enthusiasts became to animals and their elements 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 international from A-Z.
In entries starting from brief to lengthy, Kenneth Kitchell bargains perception into this ordinarily ignored international, masking consultant and fascinating examples of mammals, reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates. conventional animals reminiscent of the cow, puppy, fox and donkey are handled in addition to extra unique animals equivalent to the babirussa, pangolin, and dugong. The facts adduced levels from Minoan occasions to the past due Roman Empire and is taken from archaeology, historical authors, inscriptions, papyri, cash, mosaics and all different creative media. each time attainable reasoned identifications are given for old 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 capture a monkey? Why have been hyenas regarded as hermaphroditic? was once there particularly a vampire moth? Entries are followed by way of complete citations to historical 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 global from A to Z finds the level and significance of the animal global to the traditional Greeks and Romans. It solutions many questions, asks a number of extra, and seeks to stimulate additional examine during this vital box.
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