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The Resource On animals, Aelian ; with an English translation by A.F. Scholfield, (electronic book)

On animals, Aelian ; with an English translation by A.F. Scholfield, (electronic book)

Label
On animals
Title
On animals
Statement of responsibility
Aelian ; with an English translation by A.F. Scholfield
Creator
Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
  • eng
  • grc
  • grc
  • eng
Summary
In On the Characteristics of Animals, Aelian (c. 170-after 230 CE) collects facts and fables about the animal kingdom and invites the reader to ponder contrasts between human and animal behavior.
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Cataloging source
MaCbHUP
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De natura animalium
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active 3rd century
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Aelian
Language note
Text in Greek with English translation on facing pages
LC call number
PA3612
LC item number
.A355 2014
Literary form
non fiction
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1884-1969
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Scholfield, A. F.
Series statement
Loeb Classical Library
Series volume
446, 448-449
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Zoology
Summary expansion
Aelian (Claudius Aelianus), a Roman born ca. AD 170 at Praeneste, was a pupil of the rhetorician Pausanias of Caesarea, and taught and practised rhetoric. Expert in Attic Greek, he became a serious scholar and studied history under the patronage of the Roman empress Julia Domna. He apparently spent all his life in Italy where he died after AD 230. Aelian's On the Characteristics of Animals, in 17 books, is a collection of facts and beliefs concerning the habits of animals drawn from Greek authors and some personal observation. Fact, fancy, legend, stories and gossip all play their part in a narrative which is meant to entertain readers. If there is any ethical motive, it is that the virtues of untaught yet reasoning animals can be a lesson to thoughtless and selfish mankind. The Loeb Classical Library edition of the work is in three volumes. The Historical Miscellany (Loeb no. 486) is of similar nature. In 14 books, it consists mainly of historical and biographical anecdotes and retellings of legendary events. Some of Aelian's material is drawn from authors whose works are lost. Aelian's Letters--portraying the affairs and country ways of a series of fictitious writers-offer engaging vignettes of rural life. These are available in Loeb no. 383
Target audience
general
Label
On animals, Aelian ; with an English translation by A.F. Scholfield, (electronic book)
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Includes indexes
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
v.I. Books 1-5 -- v.II. Books 6-11 -- v.III. Books 12-17
Control code
hup0000546
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780674994942
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other physical details
classified catalogue of fauna, flora
Specific material designation
remote
Label
On animals, Aelian ; with an English translation by A.F. Scholfield, (electronic book)
Publication
Note
Includes indexes
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
v.I. Books 1-5 -- v.II. Books 6-11 -- v.III. Books 12-17
Control code
hup0000546
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780674994942
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other physical details
classified catalogue of fauna, flora
Specific material designation
remote

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