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Animals for Show and Pleasure in Ancient Rome


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1. Tamed Animals of the City-States of Greece
2. Zoological Magnificence in Egypt under the Ptolemies
3. The Animals of the Roman Games (to 30 BC)
4. Shows Under the Early Empire (29 BC to AD 117)
5. Shows from Hadrian to Honorius (AD 117 to 410)
6. The Amateur's Menagerie: Birds
7. The Amateur's Menagerie: Fishponds
8. The Amateur's Menagerie: Quadrupeds and Reptiles
9. Capture and Transport
10. Development of the Arena
11. Provincial Amphitheaters
12. Stockyards for the Beasts
13. The Shows in the Arena

A. Leopard
B. The Date of Calpurnius
C. The Gold-Finding Ants
D. Training Man-Eaters
E. African and Indian Elephants


About the Author

George Jennison (1872-1938) was superintendent of the Belle Vue Zoological Gardens in Manchester, England, a zoo founded by the Jennison family in 1837 and among the first open to the public.


"The interest of the book is copious and varied."--Times Literary Supplement "Read Animals for the pleasure of the prose, the careful collection of references in the written sources, and the then-remarkable variety of subjects considered."--Scholia Reviews "Packed with a wide variety of authors and texts... Anyone who enjoys poking about in the lesser known corners of antiquity or who wants interesting tidbits with which to enliven a classroom, will enjoy this book immensely."--Classcial Outlook

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