Animals in Roman Life and Art

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J. M. C. Toynbee, Animals in Roman Life and Art (London: Thames and Hudson, 1973)


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A foundational book for more recent Greco-Roman scholarship on animals. Organized by type of animal and the various functions animals served in ancient Rome with a decent selection of images as well. This work lays out the “facts” of Roman attitudes and ideas about animals from the literary and visual evidence that have survived. A “must read” for acquiring the “facts” about Roman approaches to animals from which more complex engagements have evolved. - SUSAN A. CURRY