Journals Higher Education



Published: 24 May 2018

480 Pages | 95 colour illustrations, 9 black & white illustrations


ISBN: 9780198713654

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Shortlisted for the 2019 Wolfson History Prize

Birds in the Ancient World

Winged Words

Jeremy Mynott

  • A fresh account of Ancient Greek and Roman civilisation illustrated through the relationship between humankind and birds.
  • Explores the numerous and varied roles birds played in daily life: as portents of weather, markers of time, their use in medicine, hunting, and farming, and also as messengers of the gods.
  • Wide-ranging account of a huge body of historical and cultural material with extensive quotations in translation from over 100 Greek and Roman authors.
  • Nearly 100 colour illustrations from ancient wall-paintings, pottery and mosaics.
  • Thought-provoking comparisons with modern attitudes to birds and the natural world.

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