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The Oxford Handbook of Animals in Classical Thought and Life

  • The first comprehensive guide to animals in the ancient world
  • Offers extensive coverage of the theoretical, literary, and practical aspects of animals in antiquity
  • Features wide-ranging guidance on further reading

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Classics and Ancient History

By: Gordon Lindsay Campbell(Editor)

650 pages, 35 illustrations

Oxford University Press

Hardback | Aug 2014 | #213569 | ISBN-13: 9780199589425
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About this book

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.


List of Illustrations
List of Contributors

1: Jeremy B. Lefkowitz: Aesop and Animal Fable
2: Alastair Harden: Animals in Classical Art
3: Babette Pütz: Good to Laugh With: Animals in Comedy
4: Laura Hawtree: Animals in Epic
5: Chiara Thumiger: Animals in Tragedy
6: Timothy Howe: Domestication and Breeding of Livestock: Horses, Mules, Asses, Cattle, Sheep, Goats, and Swine
7: Geoffrey Kron: Animal Husbandry and Farming
8: Timothy Howe: Value Economics: Animals, Wealth, and the Market
9: Michael MacKinnon: Fauna of the Ancient Mediterranean
10: Rory Egan: Insects
11: Geoffrey Kron: Ancient Fishing and Fish Farming
12: Michael MacKinnon: Hunting
13: Thorsten Fögen: Animal Communication
14: Gordon Campbell: Origins of Life, and Origins of Species
15: Jeremy McInerney: Civilization, Gastonomy, and Meat-eating
16: Michael MacKinnon: Pets
17: Adrienne Mayor: Animals in Warfare
18: Daniel Ogden: Animal Magic
19: Peter Struck: Animals and Divination
20: Gunnel Ekroth: Animal Sacrifice in Antiquity
21: Ingvild Saelid Gilhus: Animals in Late Antiquity and Early Christianity
22: Emma Aston: Part-animal Gods
23: Chiara Thumiger: Metamorphosis: Human in Animals
24: Mary Beagon: Wondrous Animals in Classical Antiquity
25: Angela McDonald: Animals in Egypt
26: Jo-Ann Shelton: Spectacles of Animal Abuse
27: Sinclair Bell and Carolyn Willekes: Horse Racing and Chariot Racing
28: Ida Östenberg: Animals and Triumphs
29: Stephen T. Newmyer: Being the One and Becoming the Other: Animals in Ancient Philosophical Schools
30: Daniel Dombrowski: Philosophical Vegetarianism and Animal Entitlements
31: Liliane Bodson: Zoological Knowledge in Ancient Greece and Rome
32: Adrienne Mayor: Ancient Fossil Discoveries and Interpretations
33: Joris Peters and Veronika Göbel: Veterinary Medicine


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Gordon Lindsay Campbell is Lecturer in Ancient Classics at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth.

- Jeremy B. Lefkowitz
- Alastair Harden
- Babette Pütz
- Laura Hawtree
- Chiara Thumiger
- Timothy Howe
- Geoffrey Kron
- Michael MacKinnon
- Rory Egan
- Thorsten Fögen
- Gordon Campbell
- Jeremy McInerney
- Adrienne Mayor
- Daniel Ogden
- Peter Struck
- Gunnel Ekroth
- Ingvild Saelid Gilhus
- Emma Aston
- Chiara Thumiger
- Mary Beagon
- Angela McDonald
- Jo-Ann Shelton
- Sinclair Bell
- Carolyn Willekes
- Ida Östenberg
- Stephen T. Newmyer
- Daniel Dombrowski
- Liliane Bodson
- Joris Peters
- Veronika Göbel

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