Birds in the Ancient World from A to Z

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Routledge, 2007 - 288 pages
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Ornithology was born in Ancient Greece, when Aristotle and other writers studies and sought to identify birds. Birds in the Ancient World from A to Z gathers together the information available from classical sources, listing all the names that ancient Greeks gave their birds and their descriptions and analyses. Arnott identifies (where achievable) as many of them as possible in the light of modern ornithological studies.
The ancient Greek bird names are transliterated into English script, and all that the classical writers said about birds is presented in English. This book is accordingly the first complete discussion of classical bird names that will be accessible to readers without ancient Greek. The only previous study in English on the same scale was published over seventy years ago and required a knowledge of Greek and Latin. Since then there has been an enormous expansion in ornithological studies which has vastly increased our knowledge of birds, enabling us to evaluate (and explain) ancient Greek writings about birds with more confidence. With an exhaustive bibliography (partly classical scholarship and partly ornithological) added to encourage further study Birds in the Ancient World from A to Z is the definitive study of birds in the Greek and Roman world.

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W. Geoffrey Arnott is former Professor of Greek at the University of Leeds and Fellow of the British Academy. His publications include Alexis: The Fragments (1996) and an edition of Menander in three volumes (1979, 1996 and 2000). He was also a former president of the Leeds Birdwatchers' Club.

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