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Introduction: Ancient Animals

Linda Kalof

Linda Kalof is Professor of Sociology at Michigan State University and author of Looking at Animals in Human History and editor of The Animals Reader: The Essential Classic and Contemporary Writings. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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A Cultural History of Animals in Antiquity Volume 1

Berg, 2007

Cultural History Chapter

...When the earliest versions of the story of Gilgamesh were being written on clay tablets around 2100 bce, the role of animals in ancient human societies was critical, compelling, and pervasive. But the centrality of animals to human cultures...

Jewish Memory and Identity in the First Century ad

Cultural Memory and Identity in Ancient Societies

Continuum, 2011

Book Chapter

...Identity is a complex issue. There are many factors that come together to create a person’s cultural identity, their sense of themselves as part of a wider cultural group. Among the most important might be their date of birth (or rough time...

Agreements

A Cultural History of Law in Antiquity Volume 1

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

Cultural History Chapter

...Whether or not we accept the theory of the “social contract,” the importance of agreements in society cannot be underestimated. Every day we are reminded that to live in society means we either agree or disagree with other people. Given...

Hair Loss as Facial Disfigurement in Ancient Rome?

Approaching Facial Difference : Past and Present

Bloomsbury Academic, 2018

Book Chapter

...Hair loss, whatever the cause, significantly affects an individual’s appearance and, depending upon the individual (for example, their sex, gender, age, health, livelihood), the ramifications of it can be more...

Galen’s Simple Medicines: Problems in Ancient Herbal Medicine

Critical Approaches to the History of Western Herbal Medicine

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

Book Chapter

...Introduction Galen (c. 130–c. 200 ce) and Hippocrates (c. 460–c. 357 bce) are two of the giants of ancient medicine. Galen is perhaps the greater, for while all of his works are the product of one mind, the Hippocratic corpus has...

Food Security, Safety, and Crises

Paul Erdkamp

Paul Erdkamp is Professor of Ancient History at the Flemish Free University of Brussels, Belgium. He is author of Hunger and the Sword; Warfare and Food Supply in Roman Republican Wars; and The Grain Market in the Roman Empire; and editor of The Cambridge Companion to Ancient Rome (2013). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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A Cultural History of Food in Antiquity Volume 1

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

Cultural History Chapter

...The Eternal City was fearing the disaster of a coming shortage of grain, and from time to time Tertullus, who was prefect at the time, was assailed by the violent threats of the commons, as they anticipated famine, the worst of all ills...

Design

Kathryn Gleason

Kathryn Gleason is Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture and Archaeology at Cornell University. She is co-editor of The Archaeology of Garden and Field and executive editor of Gardens of the Roman Empire. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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A Cultural History of Gardens in Antiquity Volume 1

Bloomsbury Academic, 2013

Cultural History Chapter

...The architectural treatise De architectura libri decem, the Ten Books on Architecture, by Marcus Vitruvius Pollio (c. 75–15 b.c.e.) is our only comprehensive work on ancient design. The books focus primarily on architecture but also...

Early Greek Medicine: Evidence of Models, Methods and materia medica

Critical Approaches to the History of Western Herbal Medicine

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

Book Chapter

...Introduction and methodology This chapter discusses the philosophy behind, and the evidence of, herbal medicines in the practice of ancient Greek physicians; the Hippocratic physicians. It also explores such concepts and practices...

Nights of Egeria

Memory and Urban Religion in the Ancient World

Bloomsbury Academic, 2012

Book Chapter

...It is a conundrum that while Juvenal’s verse satire appropriates the metre and discourse of epic poetry to a much greater extent than is the case with his predecessors in the genre – Persius, Horace and Lucilius – it dispenses almost...

Health and Hygiene

A Cultural History of Hair in Antiquity Volume 1

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

Cultural History Chapter

...Hair played a small, but important role in thinking about health and disease in the ancient world. Medical writers, from the authors of the Hippocratic corpus (collectively our earliest body of Greek prose texts, with some works dating from...