Cattle of the Sun: Cows and Culture in the World of the Ancient Greeks

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Jeremy McInerney, The Cattle of the Sun: Cows and Culture in the World of the Ancient Greeks (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2010)


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Discusses the significance of ancient Greek pastoralism for the Greeks themselves. I love this book because it combines a careful study of the mythological and literary references to cattle in ancient Greek culture with an evaluation of the symbolic value of real, live cattle for sacrifice, etc. McInerney convincingly argues that the literary evidence suggests that Greeks remained nostalgic for their large herds long after the actual possession of such herds became impracticable. Who would have thought cows could be so damned interesting! - SUSAN A. CURRY