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

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  • Human-Animal-Studies in the Field of Ancient History
  • An Improved Understanding of Ancient Categories
  • Overview of the research area

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Table of contents (19 chapters)

  1. Keynotes

  2. Taxonomies

  3. Literature

  4. Art

  5. Religion


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.

Editors and Affiliations

  • Helsinki, Finland

    Raija Mattila, Sebastian Fink

  • Leiden, The Netherlands

    Sanae Ito

About 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”.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Animals and their Relation to Gods, Humans and Things in the Ancient World

  • Editors: Raija Mattila, Sanae Ito, Sebastian Fink

  • Series Title: Universal- und kulturhistorische Studien. Studies in Universal and Cultural History

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer VS Wiesbaden

  • eBook Packages: History, History (R0)

  • Copyright Information: Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden GmbH, part of Springer Nature 2019

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-658-24387-6Published: 21 March 2019

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-658-24388-3Published: 11 March 2019

  • Series ISSN: 2524-3780

  • Series E-ISSN: 2524-3799

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XII, 487

  • Number of Illustrations: 1 b/w illustrations

  • Topics: Ancient History

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