This book is about all aspects of man’s contact with the animal world; sacrifice, sacred animals, diet, domestication, in short, from the sublime to the mundane. Chapters on art, literature, religion and animal husbandry provide the reader with a complete picture of the complex relationships between the peoples of the Ancient Near East and (their) animals. A reference guide and key to the menagerie of the Ancient Near East, with ample original illustrations.
Billie Jean Collins, Ph.D. (1989) in Hittitology, Yale University, is Director of Publications for the American Schools of Oriental Research and Lecturer in Middle Eastern Studies at Emory University. She has published extensively on the religious and cultural history of ancient Turkey.
All those interested in art, archaeology, animal husbandry, palaeo-zoology, history of religions and the cultural and social history of ancient western Asia and Egypt.