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Author Mynott, Jeremy, author.

Title Birds in the ancient world : winged words / Jeremy Mynott.

Published Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2018.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  598.0938 MYNO    AVAILABLE
Edition First edition.
Physical description xvii, 451 pages : colour illustrations, maps ; 25 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Machine generated contents note: pt. 1 BIRDS IN THE NATURAL WORLD -- Introduction -- 1.The Seasons -- 2.Weather -- 3.Time -- 4.Soundscapes -- pt. 2 BIRDS AS A RESOURCE -- Introduction -- 5.Hunting and Fowling -- 6.Cooking and Eating -- 7.Farming -- pt. 3 LIVING WITH BIRDS -- Introduction -- 8.Captivity and Domestication -- 9.Sports and Entertainments -- 10.Relationships and Responsibilities -- pt. 4 INVENTION AND DISCOVERY -- Introduction -- 11.Wonders -- 12.Medicine -- 13.Observation and Enquiry -- pt. 5 THINKING WITH BIRDS -- Introduction -- 14.Omens and Auguries -- 15.Magic and Metamorphosis -- 16.Signs and Symbols -- pt. 6 BIRDS AS INTERMEDIARIES -- Introduction -- 17.Fabulous Creatures -- 18.Messengers and Mediators -- 19.Mother Earth -- 20.Epilogue.
Summary This book presents a fresh account of Ancient Greek and Roman civilisation illustrated through the relationship between humankind and birds. It explores the numerous and varied roles birds played in daily life: as portents of weather, markers of time, their use in medicine, hunting, and farming, and also as messengers of the gods. This book consists of a wide-ranging account of a huge body of historical and cultural material with extensive quotations in translation from over 100 Greek and Roman authors. Also contains nearly 100 colour illustrations from ancient wall-paintings, pottery and mosaics. It also contains thought-provoking comparisons with modern attitudes to birds and the natural world.
Subject Birds -- History -- To 1500 -- Greece.
Birds -- Italy -- Rome.
Birds -- Mythology.
Birds -- Folklore.
Animals and civilization -- Greece.
Animals and civilization -- Italy -- Rome.
ISBN 9780198713654 (hardback)