Animals and their Relation to Gods, Humans and Things in the Ancient World

  • Raija Mattila
  • Sanae Ito
  • Sebastian Fink

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XII
  2. Raija Mattila, Sanae Ito, Sebastian Fink
    Pages 1-8
  3. Keynotes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 9-9
    2. Gabriela Kompatscher
      Pages 11-22
  4. Taxonomies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 57-57
    2. Vérène Chalendar
      Pages 59-78
    3. Ilan Peled
      Pages 79-93
    4. Scott Noegel
      Pages 95-133
  5. Literature

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 135-135
    2. Judith Pfitzner
      Pages 137-173
    3. Catherine Mittermayer
      Pages 175-186
    4. Simonetta Ponchia
      Pages 187-210
  6. Art

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 233-233
  7. Religion

  8. Economy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 409-409
    2. Michaela Weszeli
      Pages 455-482
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 483-487

About this book


While Human-Animal Studies is a rapidly growing field in modern history, studies on this topic that focus on the Ancient World are few. The present volume aims at closing this gap. It investigates the relation between humans, animals, gods, and things with a special focus on the structure of these categories. An improved understanding of the ancient categories themselves is a precondition for any investigation into the relation between them. The focus of the volume lies on the Ancient Near East, but it also provides studies on Ancient Greece, Asia Minor, Mesoamerica, the Far East, and Arabia.

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Target Groups
Lecturers, students and specialists in the humanities and social sciences

The Editors
Dr. Raija Mattila is Docent of Assyriology, University of Helsinki, Finland, and Director of the Finnish Institute in the Middle East, Beirut, Lebanon.
Dr. Sanae Ito is a historian and Research Fellow of Japan Society for the Promotion of Science.
Dr. Sebastian Fink is Postdoctoral Researcher at the Academy of Finland Centre of Excellence “Changes in Sacred Texts and Traditions”.



Human-Animals Studies Ancient Near East Animals Categories Humans

Editors and affiliations

  • Raija Mattila
    • 1
  • Sanae Ito
    • 2
  • Sebastian Fink
    • 3
  1. 1.HelsinkiFinland
  2. 2.LeidenThe Netherlands
  3. 3.HelsinkiFinland

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden GmbH, part of Springer Nature 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer VS, Wiesbaden
  • eBook Packages History
  • Print ISBN 978-3-658-24387-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-658-24388-3
  • Series Print ISSN 2524-3780
  • Series Online ISSN 2524-3799
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