Michael Allaby's Animals: From Mythology to Zoology (Discovering the Earth) PDF

By Michael Allaby

ISBN-10: 0816061017

ISBN-13: 9780816061013

Animals: From Mythology to Zoology starts with an overview of early principles in regards to the nature and foundation of animals. Rulers within the old global saved collections of animals to provoke their viewers and show their strength. The ebook describes a few of these collections in China, Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, and Rome and tells how they built from menageries to fashionable zoos. humans have consistently drawn classes from the habit of animals and the e-book describes a couple of actual animals and the “characters” they have been as soon as presupposed to own. it's yet brief step from there to record of amazing beasts that writers heard approximately from sailors and different viewers to far away areas of the area, and in addition to wonderful animals there have been additionally superb people. From there the ebook returns to truth and outlines of the expansion of recent zoology and animal class, and of ethology the examine of animal habit.

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Hannibal led his army across the Alps in an attack on Rome. His force included  elephants, but few of them survived the crossing. Carthaginian coins of the time depict the elephants, showing they were African elephants (Loxodonta africana), although some historians think they might have been Indian elephants (Elephas maximus), some of which had been imported into North Africa. Mainly, though, the Romans used elephants for entertainment. They were dressed in ludicrous costumes, trained to walk tightropes, throw weapons, perform cumbersome dances, and were even made to sit at a dinner table beside humans.

His duties kept Pliny traveling, and he was seldom in Rome. After some years as a procurator, he was also made a prefect—admiral in modern terms—of the Roman fleet stationed at Misenum on the Bay of Naples. The fleet was responsible for security throughout the western half of the Mediterranean. , Pliny was at Misenum as usual and his sister Plinia was staying with him together with her son, Pliny the Younger. On August 24, Vesuvius, the large volcano on the opposite side of the bay, became active.

Yes, he said. And if they were able to converse with one another, would they not suppose that they were naming what was actually before them? Very true. And suppose further that the prison had an echo which came from the other side, would they not be sure to fancy when one of the passers-by spoke that the voice which they heard came from the passing shadow? No question, he replied. To them, I said, the truth would be literally nothing but the shadows of the images. That is certain. The allegory of the prisoners in the cave is meant to show that the world we see around us is but a shadow of the real world of forms.

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