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By Donald W. Engels

this is often the definitive ebook on classical cats. The cat has performed an important position in heritage from the earliest occasions. popular is its function within the faith and artwork of historic Egypt, a minimum of its organization with witchcraft within the center a long time. but if did the cat turn into a household better half and employee as well?
there was a lot debate concerning the place of the cat in historical Greece and Rome. inventive representations are often ambiguous, and its function as a mouse-catcher turns out frequently to were performed through weasels. but different facts in actual fact means that the cat used to be as vital to Greeks and Romans because it is to many glossy people.
This ebook is the 1st complete survey of the proof for cats in Greece and Rome, and in their features and representations in artwork. Donald Engels attracts on authors from Aesop to Aristotle; on vase-painting, inscriptions and the plastic arts; and on a radical wisdom of zoology of the cat. He additionally units the traditional proof within the wider context of the Egyptian interval that preceded it, in addition to the perspectives of the Church fathers who ushered antiquity into the center Ages.

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