The historic Greeks and Romans lived in an international teeming with animals. Animals have been quintessential to old trade, struggle, love, literature and paintings. contained in the urban they have been chanced on as pets, pests, and parasites. they can be sacred, sacrificed, liminal, staff, or intruders from the wild. past the 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 by way of their animals. Animals are to be visible on each attainable inventive medium, woven into textile and inlaid into furnishings. they're the topic of proverbs, oaths and goals. Magicians, physicians and enthusiasts became to animals and their components for his or her crafts. They paraded sooner than kings, inhabited palaces, and entertained the terrible within the enviornment. rather actually, animals pervaded the traditional global from A-Z.
In entries starting from brief to lengthy, Kenneth Kitchell bargains perception into this ordinarily ignored global, masking consultant and interesting examples of mammals, reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates. favourite animals resembling the cow, puppy, fox and donkey are taken care of in addition to extra unique animals corresponding to the babirussa, pangolin, and dugong. The facts adduced levels from Minoan instances to the past due 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 trap a monkey? Why have been hyenas considered hermaphroditic? was once there particularly a vampire moth? Entries are observed via complete citations to historical authors and an intensive bibliography.
Of use to Classics scholars and students, yet written in a method designed to interact someone attracted to Greco-Roman antiquity, Animals within the historic 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 a number of extra, and seeks to stimulate extra study during this very important box.
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