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    DescriptionThis work explores the portrayal of animals in Roman iconography, Roman knowledge - both factual and fanciful - about various fauna, and Roman use of animals for food, clothing, transport, war, entertainment, religious ceremony and companionship. Arranged by species, this survey ranges from the exotic (the rhinoceros and hippopotamus) to the commonplace (dogs and cats). Romans cleary loved their pets and gave them human names. The wealthiest kept gazelles and ibex on their estates as living lawn ornaments. At the same time, they imported exotic animals from Africa and then slaughtered them in both gladiatorial combat and cold-blooded spectacle. The book concludes with a discussion of Roman beliefs about animals in the afterlife where, according to Virgil "the herds will not fear the mighty lion" and "the timid deer...will drink beside the hounds".

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    Animals in Roman Life and Art
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) J.M.C. Toynbee
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 431
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 229 mm
    Thickness: 26 mm
    Weight: 580 g
    ISBN 13: 9780801855337
    ISBN 10: 0801855330

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: SOC
    BIC subject category V2: HBTB, HBJD, HBLA
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDAR
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S3.3
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
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    DC20: 937
    BIC subject category V2: JFFZ
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    B&T Approval Code: A02540000
    B&T General Subject: 710
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002020
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    BISAC V2.8: TEC000000
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    B&T Approval Code: A63010200
    BISAC V2.8: TEC003020
    BIC subject category V2: ACG
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    LC classification: QL87.T68 1
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 636/.00937
    LC classification: QL87 .T68 1996
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    Thema V1.0: AGA, NHTB, NHD, NHC, JBFU
    New edition
    Edition statement
    New edition
    Imprint name
    Publication date
    05 November 1996
    Publication City/Country
    Baltimore, MD
    Author Information
    J. M. C. Toynbee was Lawrence Professor of Classical Archaeology at Cambridge University and an honorary Fellow of Newnham College. Before her death in 1985, she served as a Fellow of the British Academy and the Royal Numismatic Society, and as a member of the faculty of the British School in Rome. She authored numerous articles and books, including 'Art in Roman Britain,' 'The Art of the Romans,' 'Roman Historical Portraits,' and 'Roman Life and Art in Britain
    Review quote
    "As a study of the place of animals in Roman art, this is a labor of love by a scholar who knows her subject inside out...About the individual beasts known to the Romans and illustrated by their artists it is a mine of information, both useful and curious."--'Times Literary Supplement' "Classically excellent."--'Economist'