By Kenneth F. Kitchell Jr.
The historic Greeks and Romans lived in an international teeming with animals. Animals have been quintessential to old trade, warfare, love, literature and paintings. 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 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 visible on each attainable creative medium, woven into textile and inlaid into furnishings. they're the topic of proverbs, oaths and goals. Magicians, physicians and fanatics became to animals and their elements for his or her crafts. They paraded ahead of kings, inhabited palaces, and entertained the terrible 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 generally ignored global, overlaying consultant and fascinating examples of mammals, reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates. customary animals reminiscent of the cow, puppy, fox and donkey are handled in addition to extra unique animals comparable to 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 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 old 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 old global from A to Z unearths the level and significance of the animal global to the traditional Greeks and Romans. It solutions many questions, asks numerous extra, and seeks to stimulate extra study during this very important box.
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Animals in the Ancient World from A to Z by Kenneth F. Kitchell Jr.