Animals, Gods and Humans: Changing Attitudes to Animals in Greek, Roman and Early Christian Thought

1st Edition

Ingvild Saelid Gilhus

Routledge
Published February 16, 2006
Reference - 336 Pages
ISBN 9780415386500 - CAT# RU6500X

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Summary

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 Sælid 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.

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