By Kenneth F. Kitchell Jr.
The historical Greeks and Romans lived in a global teeming with animals. Animals have been fundamental to historical 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, employees, 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 inventive medium, woven into fabric and inlaid into furnishings. they're the topic of proverbs, oaths and goals. Magicians, physicians and fanatics became to animals and their components for his or her crafts. They paraded earlier than kings, inhabited palaces, and entertained the terrible within the enviornment. really actually, animals pervaded the traditional global from A-Z.
In entries starting from brief to lengthy, Kenneth Kitchell deals perception into this regularly ignored international, protecting consultant and interesting examples of mammals, reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates. generic animals similar to the cow, puppy, fox and donkey are taken care of besides extra unique animals akin 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. 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 trap a monkey? Why have been hyenas regarded as hermaphroditic? was once there relatively a vampire moth? Entries are followed via complete citations to old authors and an in depth bibliography.
Of use to Classics scholars and students, yet written in a mode designed to have interaction somebody attracted to Greco-Roman antiquity, Animals within the old international from A to Z unearths the level and significance of the animal international to the traditional Greeks and Romans. It solutions many questions, asks numerous extra, and seeks to stimulate additional learn during this very important box.
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