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    DescriptionWhen Julius Caesar first brought the giraffe to Europe, the stunned Romans called it "camelopardalis," as a cross between a camel and a leopard? That the Medici organized hunts with cheetahs and staged animal combats in the Roman style? That Josephine Bonaparte was the first to breed black swans in captivity. Or that William Randolph Hearst kept a private preserve at his California home, with animals from all over the world? Exotic animals have entranced and inspired us and this book explores their remarkably influential role in history as among the most advantageous diplomatic gifts, the most cherished royal treasures and the most impressive symbols of power and learning. How did these creatures come to make or break rulers and help shape the definition of what it means to be civilized? These questions are explored through a chain of stories, beginning in ancient Alexandria and traveling through imperial Rome, Renaissance Florence, Aztec Mexico, baroque Prague, Napoleon's France, the robber barons' America, up to the present day, when two sets of giant pandas helped warm frosty relations between two superpowers.

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    The Medici Giraffe
    And Other Tales of Exotic Animals and Power
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Marina Belozerskay
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 384
    Width: 135 mm
    Height: 216 mm
    Thickness: 34 mm
    Weight: 553 g
    ISBN 13: 9780316525657
    ISBN 10: 0316525650

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC subject category V2: HBG
    BIC E4L: SCP
    DC22: 590
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.2
    BIC subject category V2: WNG
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    B&T General Subject: 560
    BIC subject category V2: WNC
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    Libri: I-HP
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 14280
    Abridged Dewey: 636
    BISAC V2.8: NAT001000
    B&T Approval Code: A63430000
    BISAC V2.8: TEC003020
    DC22: 636
    BISAC V2.8: SCI070030
    B&T Approval Code: A63160000
    BISAC V2.8: HIS039000
    LC classification: SF411.35 .B45 2006
    LC subject heading: , ,
    Illustrations note
    Little, Brown & Company
    Imprint name
    Little, Brown & Company
    Publication date
    05 October 2006
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Marina Belozerskaya was born in Moscow, USSR and was an award-winning teacher at Harvard, Tufts, and Boston Universities. She currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband, a curator at The J. Paul Getty Museum, and her own exotic animal, a Vizsla named