Animals in the Classical World: Ethical Perspectives from Greek and Roman Texts

Hardcover | September 27, 2013

byAlastair Harden

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How were non-human animals treated in the Classical world, and how did ancient authors record their responses to animals in Greek and Roman life? The civilisations of Greece and Rome left detailed records of their experience and opinions of animals: in these societies, which practised mass sacrifice and large-scale public animal hunts, as well as being economically reliant on animal power and products, how were animals actually treated and how was it acceptable to treat them?

This sourcebook presents specially-prepared translations from Greek and Latin texts across several genres which give a wide-reaching sense of the place of the non-human animal in the moral register of Classical Greece and Rome. From theories of the origins of animal life and vegetarianism, literary uses of animal imagery and its role in formulating cultural identity, to vivid descriptions of vivisection, force-feeding, intensive farming, agricultural and military exploitation, and detailed accounts of animal-hunting and the trade in exotic animal products: the battleground of the modern animal rights debate is here given its historical foundation in a selection of nearly 200 passages of Classical authors from Homer to Porphyry.

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How were non-human animals treated in the Classical world, and how did ancient authors record their responses to animals in Greek and Roman life? The civilisations of Greece and Rome left detailed records of their experience and opinions of animals: in these societies, which practised mass sacrifice and large-scale public animal hunts,...

Alastair Harden works at the Beazley Archive, Oxford University, and teaches at the Universities of Oxford and Reading, UK. He attended Belfast Royal Academy and studied Classical Archaeology and Ancient History at Oxford University, and Classics at the University of Reading. He is an Associate Fellow of the Oxford Centre for Animal E...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:236 pages, 9.69 × 5.67 × 0.59 inPublished:September 27, 2013Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:023027661X

ISBN - 13:9780230276611

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Table of Contents

List of IllustrationsPreface
Series Editors' Preface
Introduction
PART I: DEFINING 'ANIMAL': ANCIENT WRITERS ON ANIMAL NATURE
1. Animal Origins, Minds and Capacities
2. Animal Justice and Morals
3. The Ancient Idea of Vegetarianism
4. Observing and Imagining Animal Behaviour
5. Animals and Cultural Identity
6. Bucolic Ideals and The Golden Age
PART II: THE TREATMENT OF ANIMALS IN THE CLASSICAL WORLD
7. Animal Study and Experimentation
8. Animals and Warfare
9. The Economic Animal: Farming, Food and Trade
10. Sacrifice and Sacred Animals
11. Hunting Animals
12. Animals and Public Entertainment
Notes
Bibliography
Index Locorum
General Index



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