By Kenneth F. Kitchell Jr.
The historic Greeks and Romans lived in a global teeming with animals. Animals have been critical to old trade, struggle, love, literature and artwork. contained in the urban they have been came upon 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 noticeable on each attainable creative medium, woven into textile and inlaid into furnishings. they're the topic of proverbs, oaths and desires. Magicians, physicians and fans grew to become to animals and their elements for his or her crafts. They paraded prior to kings, inhabited palaces, and entertained the terrible 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 neglected global, protecting consultant and interesting examples of mammals, reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates. well-known animals akin to the cow, puppy, fox and donkey are handled besides extra unique animals equivalent to the babirussa, pangolin, and dugong. The proof adduced levels from Minoan occasions to the past due Roman Empire and is taken from archaeology, old authors, inscriptions, papyri, cash, mosaics and all different creative media. each time attainable reasoned identifications are given for old 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 seize a monkey? Why have been hyenas considered hermaphroditic? used to be there particularly a vampire moth? Entries are observed by way of complete citations to historic authors and an in depth bibliography.
Of use to Classics scholars and students, yet written in a mode designed to interact an individual attracted to Greco-Roman antiquity, Animals within the historic global from A to Z unearths 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 additional study during this vital box.
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