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Published: 09 April 2020

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


ISBN: 9780198853114

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Shortlisted for the 2019 Wolfson History Prize

New in Paperback

Birds in the Ancient World

Winged Words

Jeremy Mynott

  • Shortlisted for the 2019 Wolfson History Prize
  • 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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