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Animals in the Classical World

Ethical Perspectives from Greek and Roman Texts


Part of the The Palgrave Macmillan Animal Ethics Series book series (PMAES)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Introduction

    1. Alastair Harden
      Pages 1-13
  3. Defining ‘Animal’: Ancient Writers on Animal Nature

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 15-15
    2. Alastair Harden
      Pages 17-45
    3. Alastair Harden
      Pages 46-63
    4. Alastair Harden
      Pages 64-86
    5. Alastair Harden
      Pages 87-102
    6. Alastair Harden
      Pages 103-109
    7. Alastair Harden
      Pages 110-121
  4. The Treatment of Animals in the Classical World

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 125-134
    2. Alastair Harden
      Pages 125-134
    3. Alastair Harden
      Pages 135-140
    4. Alastair Harden
      Pages 141-155
    5. Alastair Harden
      Pages 156-166
    6. Alastair Harden
      Pages 167-180
    7. Alastair Harden
      Pages 181-196
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 197-222

About this book


This sourcebook presents nearly 200 specially-translated Greek and Roman texts from Homer to Plutarch, revealing the place of the animal in the moral consciousness of the Classical era. Philosophical, historical, dramatic and poetic texts explore how animals were regarded in all aspects of ancient life, from philosophy to farming.


ethics Homer identity Moral morality nature philosophy

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of ReadingUK

About the authors

Alastair Harden works at the Beazley Archive, Oxford University, and teaches at the Universities of Oxford and Reading, UK. He attended Belfast Royal Academy and studied Classical Archaeology and Ancient History at Oxford University, and Classics at the University of Reading. He is an Associate Fellow of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics and has written on animals in Classical Art.

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