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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. renowned is its position within the faith and paintings of old Egypt, not less than its organization with witchcraft within the heart a while. but if did the cat develop into a family spouse and employee as well?
there was a lot debate in regards to the place of the cat in old Greece and Rome. creative representations are often ambiguous, and its position as a mouse-catcher turns out frequently to were performed by way of weasels. but different proof basically means that the cat was once as vital to Greeks and Romans because it is to many glossy people.
This e-book is the 1st entire survey of the facts for cats in Greece and Rome, and in their services 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 facts 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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