Animals in the Ancient World

This course will examine the relationship between humans and animals such as cats, dogs and horses from the Neolithic to the Roman period using iconographical and literary sources from ancient cultures including those of Egypt, the Near East, Greece and Rome. It will primarily study companion animals, but will also include material on birds, animals in agriculture and the role of animals in sacrifice and will show how the development of our interaction with companion animals revolutionised our attitudes to nature, travel, warfare, food production and family life.

DELIVERY MODE

  • Online

SUGGESTED READING

  • Arnott, W.G., 2007, Birds in the Ancient World, Routledge, NY
  • Germond, P. and Livet, J., 2001, An Egyptian Bestiary: Animals in Life and Religion in the Land of the Pharaohs, London
  • Hays, J., 2008, Ancient Horsemen: First Chariots, Mounted Riders and the Bontai and Sintashta-Petrovka Cultures
  • Houlihan, P.F., 1996, The Animal World of the Pharaohs, New York
  • Littauer, M.A. and Crouwel, J.H., 2002, Selected Writings on Chariots and Other Early Vehicles, Riding and Horses
  • Ed. Peter Raulwing, Leiden Newmeyer, S.T., 2011, Animals in Greek and Roman Thought: a sourcebook, London

COURSE OUTLINE

  • Cats, Monkeys and Ichneumon and other animals
  • Dogs and horses
  • Birds. Animals in agriculture and sacrificial cult.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Discover how and when the relationships between humans and animals formed
  2. Enhance comprehension of the geography and chronology of the ancient world by taking an enjoyable tour around the Mediterranean and Near East looking at this topic through ancient artefacts and modern archaeology and forensic science
  3. Gain appreciation of the various cultures represented through their relationship to companion animals
  4. Enter the world of ancient sacrificial ritual
$113 Limited / $102

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