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Adoption and Fosterage in the Ancient Eastern Mediterranean  

Sabine R. Huebner

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Dec 2013
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Dec 2013
This chapter focuses on the practice of adoption and fosterage in the Eastern Mediterranean, a family strategy that is, compared with its equivalent in the Roman West, understudied. She ... More

Aesop and Animal Fable  

Jeremy B. Lefkowitz

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Aug 2014
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Mar 2014
This chapter examines the tensions between the symbolic valence of anthropomorphic animals and authentic concerns about real animals in fables of ancient times. It provides an overview of ... More

The Ancient Child in School  

W. Martin Bloomer

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Dec 2013
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Dec 2013
This chapter offers a child-centered account of the history of education in the Greek and Roman worlds. A sketch of the introduction and adaptation of training in literacy stresses the ... More

Ancient Fishing and Fish Farming  

Geoffrey Kron

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Aug 2014
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Apr 2014
This article focuses on fishing and fish farming in ancient Greece and Rome. It discusses evidence showing the important place occupied by fish and shellfish in Graeco-Roman culinary ... More

Ancient Fossil Discoveries and Interpretations  

Adrienne Mayor

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Aug 2014
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May 2014
This chapter examines the discoveries and interpretations of fossil discoveries in ancient times. It analyses nearly one hundred accounts from more than thirty ancient authors, from ... More

Animal Communication  

Thorsten Fögen

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Aug 2014
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Apr 2014
This chapter examines references to forms of animal communication in ancient Greek and Roman literature. It analyses prose texts from the fourth century BC until the third century AD, ... More

Animal Husbandry  

Geoffrey Kron

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Aug 2014
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Mar 2014
In ancient Greece and Rome, there is evidence that animal husbandry was a technically sophisticated and productive enterprise. Archaeozoological studies show that the size of livestock was ... More

Animal Magic  

Daniel Ogden

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Aug 2014
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Nov 2014
This chapter examines the role of animals in magic in antiquity. It considers the four main ways by which the world of animals intersected with the world of magic in antiquity. These ... More

Animal Sacrifice in Antiquity  

Gunnel Ekroth

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Aug 2014
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Mar 2014
In ancient Greece and Rome, animal sacrifice was performed as a ritual to communicate with the gods, heroes, and other divine beings. Such rituals were meant to ask the divine recipients ... More

Animals and Divination  

Peter Struck

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Aug 2014
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Mar 2014
This chapter examines the role of animals in divination in ancient times. It discusses ancient observers’ interpretation of signs coming from instinctive animal behaviour and from the ... More

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