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By Ingvild Saelid Gilhus

ISBN-10: 0203964799

ISBN-13: 9780203964798

ISBN-10: 0415386497

ISBN-13: 9780415386494

ISBN-10: 0415386500

ISBN-13: 9780415386500

Ingvild Saelid Gilhus explores the transition from conventional Greek and Roman faith to Christianity within the Roman Empire and the impression of this variation at the idea of animals, illustrating the most components within the production of a Christian belief of animals. one of many underlying assumptions of the booklet is that adjustments within the approach animal motifs are used and how human-animal family members are conceptualized function signs of extra basic cultural shifts. Gilhus attests that during past due antiquity, animals have been used as symbols in a common redefinition of cultural values and assumptions.

A wide selection of key texts are consulted and diversity from philosophical treaties to novels and poems on metamorphoses; from biographies of holy folks similar to Apollonius of Tyana and Antony, the Christian desolate tract ascetic, to normal historical past; from the hot testomony through Gnostic texts to the church fathers; from pagan and Christian feedback of animal sacrifice to the acts of the martyrs. either the pagan and the Christian belief of animals remained wealthy and multilayered throughout the centuries and this publication offers the dominant issues and advancements within the belief of animals with no wasting that complexity.

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Iamblichus even mentions that birds sometimes destroy themselves, an act that is highly unnatural for any creature. 16). Not everybody believed in divination. Cicero, himself an augur, wrote a treatise about divination with the purpose of showing that it was a 27 A N I M A L S I N T H E RO M A N E M P I R E superstition. One of his many examples is of cocks, which by their crowing were said to have signalled victory for the Thebans. 56). Cicero’s point is that animals can only do what is natural to them.

4 Religion What has been said so far has suggested the importance of animals in the Mediterranean economy. Animals were providing people with useful 21 A N I M A L S I N T H E RO M A N E M P I R E products such as food and clothes, hauling power, and a means of transportation, and they were also instrumental in medicine and magic. In addition to such daily use of animals, there were also special ceremonies where animals were in focus in more significant ways. These ceremonies pertained to religion and entertainment.

4). Crassus’ fish is also said to have been adorned with jewels, to have obeyed the call of its master and to have fed from his hand. Less strange were caged birds and mice appearing as children’s pets. Although cats are seen on mosaics and tombstones and played roles in fables and folklore, their value seems primarily to have been as destroyers of vermin (Engels 1999: 83–137). Monkeys were not uncommon, and some people, for instance Emperor Tiberius, had tame snakes. As in Western societies today, the Greeks and Romans kept dogs.

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