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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...
...Introduction There has never been any purely human space in world history—ever. This course explores the history of human ideas about and uses of animals, and important ways of interpreting that past in order to understand the lives...

Introduction: The Animal Witness

Matthew Senior

Matthew Senior is Professor of French at the University of Minnesota and author of Animal Acts: Configuring the Human in Western History. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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A Cultural History of Animals in the Age of Enlightenment Volume 4

Berg, 2007

Cultural History Chapter

...Ah! I will no longer be obliged to seek among animals the gaze of kindness that is forever denied me among humans.Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Oeuvres complètes (Paris: Gallimard, 1959), vol. I, p. 1089.Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Oeuvres complètes...

Philosophical Beliefs

A Cultural History of Animals in the Age of Enlightenment Volume 4

Berg, 2007

Cultural History Chapter

...During the eighteenth century, the question of animals acquired a new philosophical importance.The present chapter is based on a selection of passages from Jean-Luc Guichet, Rousseau, l’animal et l’homme: L’animalité dans l’horizon...

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...

Domestication

A Cultural History of Animals in the Modern Age Volume 6

Berg, 2007

Cultural History Chapter

...Even though the majority of the animals used or kept by humans today were domesticated many thousands of years ago, the process of selectively breeding animals for human purposes continues up to the present. In fact, when we examine...

Entertainment and Exhibitions

A Cultural History of Animals in the Medieval Age Volume 2

Berg, 2007

Cultural History Chapter

...In John Trevisa’s translation (1398–1399) of Bartholomaeus Anglicus’s magisterial encyclopedia of natural history, De proprietatibus rerum, we learn that there are four purposes for animals. Some beasts, writes Trevisa, provide humans...

Food Production

A Cultural History of Food in the Renaissance Volume 3

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

Cultural History Chapter

...While food production in late medieval and early modern Europe Any attempt to cover such a vast subject in a short chapter will inevitably lead to generalizations that cannot fully cope with the richness and variety of models...

Introduction: The Social Life of a Subjective Form

Michael Leslie

Michael Leslie is Professor of English at Rhodes College. He has written on sixteenth and seventeenth century literature, interart relations, and designed landscapes of the medieval and Renaissance periods; he has most recently published editions of plays by the seventeenth century dramatist Richard Brome. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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A Cultural History of Gardens in the Medieval Age Volume 2

Bloomsbury Academic, 2013

Cultural History Chapter

...A “cultural history of gardens” can encompass many things, as the varied contributions to this series will attest. But the medieval volume perhaps poses at its most pronounced one of the principal ambiguities inherent in a “cultural...