Norman Douglas (1868–1952)
Birds and Beasts of the Greek Anthology (1927)
A good-humoured study of the Ancient Greek view of animals. It takes as a starting point the way that poets mentioned animals in the Greek Anthology (a famous poetry collection).
There are fascinating snippets of information. Apparently the Greeks did not often keep domestic cats, preferring tame ferrets as mousers. And there’s a discussion of the bookworm, which seems to have been a problem even in those days.
The source was PG Australia. The file was in a fairly poor state and I have cautiously made a number of corrections (e.g. replacing ‘fettix’ with the correct ‘tettix’ when the Greek for ‘cicada’ is mentioned.)
NB Selections from the Greek Anthology have already been uploaded.
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