- The Oxford Handbook of Animals in Classical Thought and Life
- List of Illustrations
- List of Contributors
- Aesop and Animal Fable
- Animals in Classical Art
- Good to Laugh With: Animals in Comedy
- Animals in Epic
- Animals in Tragedy
- Domestication and Breeding of Livestock: Horses, Mules, Asses, Cattle, Sheep, Goats, and Swine
- Animal Husbandry
- Value Economics: Animals, Wealth, and the Market
- Fauna of the Ancient Mediterranean World
- Ancient Fishing and Fish Farming
- Animal Communication
- Origins of Life and Origins of Species
- Civilization, Gastronomy, and Meat-Eating
- Animals in Warfare
- Animal Magic
- Animals and Divination
- Animal Sacrifice in Antiquity
- Animals in Late Antiquity and Early Christianity
- Part-Animal Gods
- Metamorphosis: Human into Animals
- Wondrous Animals in Classical Antiquity
- Animals in Egypt
- Spectacles of Animal Abuse
- Horse Racing and Chariot Racing
- Animals and Triumphs
- Being the One and Becoming the Other: Animals in Ancient Philosophical Schools
- Philosophical Vegetarianism and Animal Entitlements
- Zoological Knowledge in Ancient Greece and Rome
- Ancient Fossil Discoveries and Interpretations
- Veterinary Medicine
Abstract and Keywords
The horse occupies an important place in human society by serving a variety of functions, whether as a food source or in fulfilling specialized jobs. In ancient Greece, the horse was a status symbol, owned by the elite as an indication of their wealth and prestige. Horses were paraded in processions, used in battle, and entered in athletic contests. Horse sports and especially horse racing were popular in the Greek world. Evidence shows that chariot racing appeared in the late eighth century, although neither chariot nor horse racing was included in the early Olympic games. Equestrianism was a symbol of aristocracy not only in ancient Greece but also in Roman Italy. But while the Greeks showed equal passion for horse racing and chariot racing, the Romans seemed to favour the latter.
Sinclair Bell, Northern Illinois University.
Carolyn Willekes, University of Calgary.
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