Animals in roman life and art by jmctoynbee is fantastic source material for multiple historical study areas including art veterinarian agricultural trade and military. Of course there were animals in the roman countryside both wild and farmed but there was not a complete split between town and country in cities animals were ever present providing a kind of murmuring undercurrent to roman urban life from nits in creatures hair and intestinal worms to mosquitoes in the marshes in and around rome . J m c toynbee was lawrence professor of classical archaeology at cambridge university and an honorary fellow of newnham college before her death in 1985 she served as a fellow of the british academy and the royal numismatic society and as a member of the faculty of the british school in rome. This is one of the outstanding paradoxes of the roman mind that a people that was so much alive to the interest and beauty of the animal kingdom that admired the intelligence and skill to be found in so many of its representatives that never seemed to tire of the sight of rare and unfamiliar. Dogs played a large role in the roman consciousness and daily life because they often symbolized fertility and protection from myths most likely borrowed from greek and even mesopotamian traditions dogs appeared in paintings sculptures reliefs and etruscan architecture
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