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Title: Cruelty and Sentimentality: Greek Attitudes to Animals, 600-300 BC. Studies in classical archaeology, 5
Author(s): Louise Calder
Publisher: Oxford:  The Beazley Archive and Archaeopress
Publication Date: 2011
ISBN-13: 9781903767146
ISBN: 1903767148
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[SIZE=+1]From the Bryn Mawr Classic Review:[/SIZE]
The bezel of a Hellenistic gold ring exhibits a naughty mouse manacled to a tiny column with two ears of grain (or grapes) hanging from its mouth. This unexpected image (humorous, sadistic, fantasist?) decorates the dustcover of Louise Calder’s well- produced monograph. Volume five in the “Studies in Classical Archaeology” derives data from the Oxford Beazley Archive. Calder, for her D.Phil. at Oxford, examined Greek responses to animals as “pests, threats, beasts of burden, prey, sources of materials, objects to be studied, ... read as omens,... treated as toys, companions, and more” (1). Real world, “land-living mammalian species” crowd out birds, aquatic fauna, reptiles, maggots, etc., because mammals were renewable resources, the animals most likely to engender empathy and provide services, or to advertise status and confer prestige. The dustcover art remotely echoes that of Jocelyn Toynbee’s comprehensive Roman 1973 survey Animals in Roman Life and Art. All studies of animals in Greek art are indebted to John Boardman, J.D. Beazley (18 and 15 titles cited, respectively), and the industrious H.B. Walters of the British Museum.

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Cruelty and Sentimentality: Greek Attitudes to Animals, 600-300 BC examines archaeological and literary evidence, between 600 and 300 BC, to discover how ancient Greeks regarded, interacted with, used, and treated tame and domestic animals, as well as some prominent wild species. Of primary interest are relationships between human and animal well-being. A prominent feature of the presently known surviving Greek literary and artistic evidence is its emphasis upon elite values and activities. The purpose of the study is to supplement the Greek social history of human-animal relationships, by including the more mundane social spheres, and species.

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