Animals, Gods and Humans: Changing Attitudes to Animals in Greek, Roman and Early Christian Thought (Hardback)Ingvild Saelid Gilhus (author)
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Consulting a wide range of key texts and source material, Animals, Gods and Humans covers 800 years and provides a detailed analysis of early Christian attitudes to, and the position of, animals in Greek and Roman life and thought.
Both the pagan and Christian conceptions of animals are rich and multilayered, and Ingvild Saelid Gilhus expertly examines the dominant themes and developments in the conception of animals.
Including study of: biographies of figures such as Apollonus of Tyana; natural history; the New Testament via Gnostic texts; the church fathers; and from pagan and Christian criticism of animal sacrifice, to the acts of martyrs, the source material and detailed analysis included in this volume make it a veritable feast of information for all classicists.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 635 g
Dimensions: 235 x 159 x 24 mm
'Gilhus's description of the ways in which ancient perceptions of animals can be said to have changed over centuries through the influence of philosophy and religion ... makes of Animals, Gods and Humans, a valuable complement to recent studies on religious transformation in late Antiquity.' - Scholia Reviews
'An impressive range of information and discussion... a very welcome addition to the growing bibliofraphy.' - History and Culture