By Kenneth F. Kitchell Jr.
The old Greeks and Romans lived in an international teeming with animals. Animals have been indispensable to historical trade, battle, love, literature and paintings. contained in the urban they have been chanced on 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 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 became to animals and their components for his or her crafts. They paraded prior to kings, inhabited palaces, and entertained the negative within the enviornment. fairly actually, animals pervaded the traditional international from A-Z.
In entries starting from brief to lengthy, Kenneth Kitchell deals perception into this in most cases ignored international, overlaying consultant and fascinating examples of mammals, reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates. normal animals akin to 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 overdue Roman Empire and is taken from archaeology, historical authors, inscriptions, papyri, cash, mosaics and all different inventive media. at any time when attainable reasoned identifications are given for historic 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 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 interact a person attracted to Greco-Roman antiquity, Animals within the old 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 extra learn during this very important box.
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