The Oxford Handbook of Animals in Classical Thought and Life

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Gordon Lindsay Campbell
Oxford University Press, 2014 - History - 633 pages
The Oxford Handbook of Animals in Classical Thought and Life is the first comprehensive guide to animals in the ancient world, encompassing all aspects of the topic by featuring authoritative chapters on 33 topics by leading scholars in their fields. As well as an introduction to, and a survey of, each topic, it provides guidance on further reading for those who wish to study a particular area in greater depth. Both the realities and the more theoretical aspects of the treatment of animals in ancient times are covered in chapters which explore the domestication of animals, animal husbandry, animals as pets, Aesop's Fables, and animals in classical art and comedy, all of which closely examine the nature of human-animal interaction. More abstract and philosophical topics are also addressed, including animal communication, early ideas on the origin of species, and philosophical vegetarianism and the notion of animal rights.
 

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Contents

1 Aesop and Animal Fable
1
2 Animals in Classical Art
24
 Animals in Comedy
61
4 Animals in Epic
73
5 Animals in Tragedy
84
 Horses Mules Asses Cattle Sheep Goats and Swine
99
7 Animal Husbandry
109
 Animals Wealth and the Market
136
19 Animals and Divination
310
20 Animal Sacrifice in Antiquity
324
21 Animals in Late Antiquity and Early Christianity
355
22 Partanimal Gods
366
 Human into Animals
384
24 Wondrous Animals in Classical Antiquity
414
25 Animals in Egypt
441
26 Spectacles of Animal Abuse
461

9 Fauna of the Ancient Mediterranean World
156
10 Insects
180
11 Ancient Fishing and Fish Farming
192
12 Hunting
203
13 Animal Communication
216
14 Origins of Life and Origins of Species
233
15 Civilization Gastronomy and Meateating
248
16 Pets
269
17 Animals in Warfare
282
18 Animal Magic
294
27 Horse Racing and Chariot Racing
478
28 Animals and Triumphs
491
 Animals in Ancient Philosophical Schools
507
30 Philosophical Vegetarianism and Animal Entitlements
535
31 Zoological Knowledge in Ancient Greece and Rome
556
32 Ancient Fossil Discoveries and Interpretations
579
33 Veterinary Medicine
589
Index
607
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Gordon Lindsay Campbell is Lecturer in Ancient Classics at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth.

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