By B. Collins
This name issues mans touch with the animal global: sacrifice, sacred animals, nutrition, and domestication. Chapters on artwork, literature, faith and animal husbandry exhibit an image of the advanced relationships among the peoples of the traditional close to East and (their) animals.
A reference consultant and key to the menagerie of the traditional close to East, with plentiful unique illustrations.
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Despite its weathered state after millennia of burial, such biomolecular evidence offers a fresh analytical dimension permitting further insights into the phylogenetic relationships of wild species, geographic variants, and domestic breeds, as well as distribution and molecular change over time. An exhaustive survey of Near Eastern animals would be impossible in a short chapter, and therefore the present contribution builds upon an earlier review (Gilbert 1995) by presenting zoological data on a limited number of mostly mammalian species selected for their intimate connections with human hunting and husbandry, their prominence in modern conservation efforts, their familiarity, or simply their unique adaptations.
Lions (Panthera leo) are no longer free-ranging outside Africa and India, but formerly they lurked within densely vegetated habitats alongside rivers and marshes. Historic accounts make it 28 ALLAN S. GILBERT clear that they posed a serious threat to livestock and humans, even into the early twentieth century, and their frequent appearance in ancient art and literature as symbols of awesome power demonstrates a sober respect for their strength and ferocity. The hunting of captive lions served as royal Assyrian and Egyptian propaganda to show the monarch testing his prowess in the most heroic of activities.
Wild cattle no longer exist. The extinct aurochs (Bos primigenius), the likely source of all modern domestic cattle (B. taurus], once roamed open forests and grasslands from Europe and northern Africa to eastern Asia. The last captive one died in a Polish game park in 1627. Historical records indicate that bulls were exceptionally large with horns curving outward, then forward. In Europe, coat color was black with a light dorsal stripe, and the smaller cows were brownish to reddish, but Near Eastern cattle may have displayed more muted coloration.
A History of the Animal World in the Ancient Near East by B. Collins