How to care about animals: An ancient guide to creatures great and small | Author: Porphyry

An entertaining and enlightening anthology of classical Greek and Roman writings on animals ? and our vital relationships with them.

How to Care about Animals is a fascinating menagerie of passages from classical literature about animals and the lives we share with them. Drawing on ancient writers from Aesop to Ovid, classicist and farmer M. D. Usher has gathered a healthy litter of selections that reveal some of the ways Greeks and Romans thought about everything from lions, bears, and wolves to birds, octopuses, and snails ? and that might inspire us to rethink our own relationships with our fellow creatures. Presented in lively new translations, with the original texts on facing pages, these pieces are filled with surprises ? anticipating but also offering new perspectives on many of our current feelings and ideas about animals.

17.6 x 12.3cm
248 pages 

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