Book Review: Animals in Roman Life & Art

Image result for animals in roman life and art Animals in Roman Life and Art by J.M.C.Toynbee is fantastic source material for multiple historical study areas including: Art, veterinarian, agricultural, trade, and military. I personal found the use of animals in funerary and religious art particularly fascinating. The reader will also enjoy lots of colored and black & white photos of most of the ancient art the author refers to in the narrative. The author her self is a noteworthy archaeologist and art historian that to quote the back of the book, was a “leading British Scholar in Roman artistic studies in the mid-twentieth century and is  one of the most recognized authorities in the world.”

Break down chapters:

  1. General survey – discusses ancient sources and Roman attitude towards animals.
  2. Elephants
  3. Monkeys
  4. Felines
  5. Cat-Like Group (Ichneumons ans Hyenas)
  6. Bears
  7. Canine Animals
  8. Rhinoceroses
  9. Hippopotamuses
  10. Boars and Pigs
  11. Camels
  12. Giraffes
  13. Deer and Antelope
  14. Cattle
  15. Sheep and Goats
  16. Equine Animals
  17. Hares, Rabbits, and Mice
  18. Sea-Mammals
  19. Fish, Crustaceans ans Mollusks
  20. Frogs and Toads
  21. Reptiles
  22. Birds
  23. The Animal Paradise

Appendix: (I feel like this could have been a stand alone book)

Roman Veterinary Medicine by R.E. Walker, B. Vet., MRCVS

  • The practitioner
  • The practice in civilian life
  • Some notes on cavalry horses in the Roman army

 

Hope this brief book review was helpful in furthering your own studies in to Ancient roman history.

 

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