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Ingvild Saelid Gilhus explores the transition from traditional Greek and Roman religion to Christianity in the Roman Empire and the effect of this change on the concept of animals, illustrating the main factors in the creation of a Christian concepti … weiterlesen
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Titel: Animals, Gods and Humans: Changing Attitudes to Animals in Greek, Roman and Early Christian Thought
Autor/en: Ingvild Saelid Gilhus, Ingvild Saelid Gilhus, Saelid Ingvild

ISBN: 0415386500
EAN: 9780415386500
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Sprache: Englisch.
ROUTLEDGE CHAPMAN HALL

April 2006 - kartoniert - 336 Seiten

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Ingvild Saelid Gilhus explores the transition from traditional Greek and Roman religion to Christianity in the Roman Empire and the effect of this change on the concept of animals, illustrating the main factors in the creation of a Christian conception of animals. One of the underlying assumptions of the book is that changes in the way animal motifs are used and the way human-animal relations are conceptualized serve as indicators of more general cultural shifts. Gilhus attests that in late antiquity, animals were used as symbols in a general redefinition of cultural values and assumptions. A wide range of key texts are consulted and range from philosophical treaties to novels and poems on metamorphoses; from biographies of holy persons such as Apollonius of Tyana and Antony, the Christian desert ascetic, to natural history; from the New Testament via Gnostic texts to the church fathers; from pagan and Christian criticism of animal sacrifice to the acts of the martyrs. Both the pagan and the Christian conception of animals remained rich and multilayered through the centuries and this book presents the dominant themes and developments in the conception of animals without losing that complexity.

Inhaltsverzeichnis

Introdution 1. Animals in the Roman Empire 2. United by Soul or Divided by Reason 3. Vegetarianism, Natural History and Physiognomics 4. Imagination and Transformation 5. The Religious Value of Animals 6. Animals Sacrifice: Traditions and new Inventions 7. "God is a Man-Eater": The Animal Sacrifice and its Critics 8. The New Testament and the Lamb of God 9. Fighting the Beasts 10. Internal Animals and Bestial Demons 11. The crucIfied Donkeyman, the Leontocephalus, and the Challenge of Beasts 12. Winged Humans, Speaking Animals Notes Bibliography

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'Gilhus's description of the ways in which ancient perceptions of animals can be said to have changed over centuries through the influence of philosophy and religion ... makes of Animals, Gods and Humans, a valuable complement to recent studies on religious transformation in late Antiquity.' - Scholia Reviews 'An impressive range of information and discussion... a very welcome addition to the growing bibliofraphy.' - History and Culture
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