P. A. Johnston, A. Mastrocinque et S. Papaioannou (éd.), Animals in Greek and Roman Religion and Myth

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Patricia A. Johnston, Attilio Mastrocinque et Sophia Papaioannou (éd.), Animals in Greek and Roman Religion and Myth, Cambridge, 2016.

Éditeur : Cambridge Scholars Publishing
545 pages
ISBN : 978-1-4438-9487-6
£62.99

This volume brings together a variety of approaches to the different ways in which the role of animals was understood in ancient Greco-Roman myth and religion, across a period of several centuries, from Preclassical Greece to Late Antique Rome. Animals in Greco-Roman antiquity were thought to be intermediaries between men and gods, and they played a pivotal role in sacrificial rituals and divination, the foundations of pagan religion. The studies in the first part of the volume examine the role of the animals in sacrifice and divination. The second part explores the similarities between animals, on the one hand, and men and gods, on the other. Indeed, in antiquity, the behaviour of several animals was perceived to mirror human behaviour, while the selection of the various animals as sacrificial victims to specific deities often was determined on account of some peculiar habit that echoed a special attribute of the particular deity. The last part of this volume is devoted to the study of animal metamorphosis, and to this end a number of myths that associate various animals with transformation are examined from a variety of perspectives.


TABLE OF CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION ............................................................................................. 1
Sophia PAPAIOANNOU

PART I: ANIMALS AND COMMUNICATION WITH THE DIVINE
Chapter one ............................................................................................ 19
Sacrificial Animals in Roman Religion: Rules and Exceptions
Dimitrios MANTZILAS
Chapter two ........................................................................................... 39
Men and Animals in Lucretius' De rerum natura
Giampiero SCAFOGLIO
Chapter three ........................................................................................ 51
Vox naturae: The Myth of Animal Nature in the Late Roman Republic
Fabio TUTRONE
Chapter four .......................................................................................... 85
Numero avium regnum trahebant: Birds, Divination, and Power amongst Romans and Etruscans Daniele F. MARAS
Chapter five .......................................................................................... 115
Constructing Humans, Symbolising the Gods: The Cultural Value of the Goat in Greek Religion Giuseppina Paola VISCARDI
Chapter six ............................................................................................ 141
How to Understand the Voices of Animals
Thomas GALOPPIN

PART II: THE RELIGIOUS SIGNIFICANCE OF INDIVIDUAL ANIMALS IN GREECE AND ROME
Chapter seven ...................................................................................... 171
Ὁ περσικὸς ὄρνις: The Symbology of the Rooster in the Cult of the Kabiroi
Emiliano CRUCCAS
Chapter eight ....................................................................................... 189
Persephone's Cockerel
Augusto COSENTINO
Chapter nine ......................................................................................... 213
Birds and Love in Greek and Roman Religion
Attilio Mastrocinque
Chapter ten .......................................................................................... 227
Flying Geese, Wandering Cows: How Animal Movement Orients Human Space in Greek Myth Claudia ZATTA
Chapter eleven .................................................................................... 237
The Dolphin in Classical Mythology and Religion
Marie-Claire BEAULIEU
Chapter twelve .................................................................................... 255
Unusual Sacrificial Victims: Fish and Their Value in the Context of Sacrifices
Romina CARBONI
Chapter thirteen ................................................................................. 281
The Importance of Cattle in the Myths of Hercules and Mithras
Patricia A. JOHNSTON
Chapter fourteen ................................................................................ 299
Lament on the Sacrificed Bull in Ovid, Metamorphoses 15.120-42
Gérard FREYBURGER
Chapter fifteen .................................................................................... 309
Horse Riders and Chariot Drivers
Henry John WALKER
Chapter sixteen ................................................................................... 335
The Horse, the Theology of Victory, and the Roman Emperors of the 4th century CE
Tiphaine MOREAU
Chapter seventeen .............................................................................. 361
Fierce Felines in the Cult and Imagery of Dionysus: Bacchic Mania and What Else?
Maja MIZIUR
Chapter eighteen ................................................................................. 393
Through Impurity: A Few Remarks on the Role of the Dog in Purification Rituals of the Greek World Alessio SASSÙ
Chapter nineteen ................................................................................. 419
Acting the She-Bear: Animal Symbolism and Ritual in Ancient Athens
Diana GUARISCO
Chapter twenty ................................................................................... 431
The Symbolism of the Hornet in the Greek and Roman World
Marianna SCAPINI

PART III: ANIMALS IN GREEK AND ROMAN MYTH
Chapter twenty-one ........................................................................... 449
Inventing the Phoenix: A Myth in the Making through Words and Images
Françoise LECOCQ
Chapter twenty-two .......................................................................... 479
The Language of Animal Metamorphosis in Greek Mythology
Kenneth S. ROTHWELL, Jr.
Chapter twenty-three ....................................................................... 495
Animals and Mythology in Vandalic Africa's Latin Poetry
Étienne WOLFF

GENERAL INDEX ....................................................................................... 507
INDEX LOCORUM ...................................................................................... 509
LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS

 

 

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