A Cultural History of Animals in Antiquity (The Cultural Histories)

A Cultural History of Animals in Antiquity (The Cultural Histories)

By: Linda Kalof (editor)Paperback

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A Choice Outstanding Academic Title, 2008 Animals had a ubiquitous and central presence in the ancient world. A Cultural History of Animals In Antiquity presents an extraordinarily broad assessment of animal cultures from 2500 BC to 1000 AD, describing how animals were an intrinsic part of the spiritual life of ancient society, how they were hunted, domesticated and used for entertainment, and the roles animals played in ancient science and philosophy. Since much of what we know about animals in antiquity is gleaned from the images left by our ancestors, the book presents a wealth of illustrations. Seminal ancient narratives about animals - including works from Aristotle, Plutarch, Ovid and Pliny the Elder - are also drawn upon to illustrate contemporary ideas about and attitudes towards animals. As with all the volumes in the illustrated Cultural History of Animals, this volume presents an overview of the period and continues with essays on the position of animals in contemporary symbolism, hunting, domestication, sports and entertainment, science, philosophy, and art. Volume 1 in the Cultural History of Animals edited by Linda Kalof and Brigitte Resl.

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Linda Kalof is Professor of Sociology at Michigan State University and author of Looking at Animals in Human History and editor of The Animals Reader: The Essential Classic and Contemporary Writings (Berg, 2007)


Introduction: Ancient Animals Linda Kalof, Michigan State University 1. Animals: From Souls and the Sacred in Prehistoric Times to Symbols and Slaves in Antiquity Jim Mason, Independent Scholar, USA 2. Hunting in the Ancient Mediterranean World J. Donald Hughes, University of Denver 3. How Domestic Animals Have Shaped the Development of Human Societies Juliet Clutton-Brock, Independent Scholar, UK 4. Beastly Spectacles in the Ancient Mediterranean World Jo-Ann Shelton, University of California at Santa Barbara 5. The Observation and Use of Animals in the Development of Scientific Thought in the Ancient World Andrew Gordon, Independent Scholar, USA 6. Animals in Ancient Philosophy: Conceptions and Misconceptions Stephen T. Newmyer, Duquesne University 7. Animals into Art in the Ancient World Christine Morris, Trinity College, Dublin Notes Bibliography Index

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  • publication date: 01/02/2011
  • ISBN13: 9781847888174
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 272
  • ID: 9781847888174
  • weight: 521
  • ISBN10: 1847888178

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