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By Kenneth F. Kitchell Jr.

ISBN-10: 0415392438

ISBN-13: 9780415392433

ISBN-10: 1138243124

ISBN-13: 9781138243125

The historical Greeks and Romans lived in a global teeming with animals. Animals have been essential to historic trade, struggle, love, literature and paintings. contained in the urban they have been came across as pets, pests, and parasites. they can be sacred, sacrificed, liminal, employees, or intruders from the wild. past the town domesticated animals have been herded and bred for revenue and wild animals have been searched 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 obvious 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 grew to become to animals and their components for his or her crafts. They paraded prior to kings, inhabited palaces, and entertained the negative within the area. rather actually, animals pervaded the traditional global from A-Z.

In entries starting from brief to lengthy, Kenneth Kitchell bargains perception into this more often than not neglected international, masking consultant and exciting examples of mammals, reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates. established animals similar to the cow, puppy, fox and donkey are taken care of in addition to extra unique animals equivalent to the babirussa, pangolin, and dugong. The facts adduced levels from Minoan occasions to the past due Roman Empire and is taken from archaeology, historic authors, inscriptions, papyri, cash, mosaics and all different inventive media. at any time when 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 seize a monkey? Why have been hyenas considered hermaphroditic? used to be there particularly a vampire moth? Entries are observed via complete citations to historic authors and an intensive 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 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 a number of extra, and seeks to stimulate extra study during this very important box.

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