By Kenneth F. Kitchell Jr.

The historic Greeks and Romans lived in a global teeming with animals. Animals have been quintessential to historic trade, conflict, 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 looked 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 fabric and inlaid into furnishings. they're the topic of proverbs, oaths and goals. Magicians, physicians and fans became to animals and their elements for his or her crafts. They paraded sooner than kings, inhabited palaces, and entertained the bad within the enviornment. relatively actually, animals pervaded the traditional international from A-Z.


In entries starting from brief to lengthy, Kenneth Kitchell bargains perception into this more often than not neglected global, overlaying consultant and fascinating examples of mammals, reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates. everyday animals comparable to the cow, puppy, fox and donkey are handled in addition to extra unique animals resembling the babirussa, pangolin, and dugong. The facts adduced levels from Minoan occasions to the overdue 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 historical 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 historic authors and an in depth bibliography.


Of use to Classics scholars and students, yet written in a mode designed to have interaction somebody drawn to Greco-Roman antiquity, Animals within the historical global from A to Z unearths the level and value 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 vital box.

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