Pecus. Man and animal in antiquity
Proceedings of the conference at the Swedish Institute in Rome, September 9-12, 2002.
Ed. B. Santillo Frizell (The Swedish Institute in Rome. Projects and Seminars, 1), Rome 2004.
© The Swedish Institute in Rome and individual authors.
From the very beginning of civilization domestic animals constituted an undividable part in the life of human beings. Since then people have lived with animals in their daily life, for work and production, for transport of goods and men in war and peace, for ceremonial processions, as pets and faithful companions, and as symbols and metaphors for ideological concepts. The aim of the PECUS-conference at the Swedish Institute in Rome, September 2002, was to investigate the relation between man and animal in antiquity, going beyond the purely utilitarian aspects. This volume presents the results of the meeting, which gathered scholars from all over the world including a choice of academic disciplines and scholarly traditions.
Introduction – Barbro Santillo Frizell
Economy, administration, transhumance
Hedvig Landenius Enegren, Animals and men at Knossos – the Linear B evidence
Françoise Rougemont, The administration of Mycenaean sheep rearing (flocks, shepherds, “collectors”)
Guido Rosada, Altino e la via della transumanza nella Venetia centrale
Barbro Santillo Frizell, Curing the flock. The use of healing waters in Roman pastoral economy (with an appendix by Kenneth F. Kitchell, Jr.)
Joaquín Gómez-Pantoja, Pecora consectari: transhumance in Roman Spain
Sacrifice, literature, music and communication
James A. Arieti, Horatian second thoughts on animal sacrifice
Britt-Mari Näsström, The sacrifices of Mithras
Ingvild Sælid Gilhus, The animal sacrifice and its critics
Paola E. Raffetta, On the creation of domestic animals in Proto-Indo European mythology
Phoebe Giannisi, The cows and the poet in ancient Greece
Marianne Wifstrand Schiebe, Sheep and cattle as ideological markers in Roman poetry
Susanne Rosenberg & Sven Ahlbäck, Kulning – herding calls from Sweden
Ideology and status, ritual and social organization
Kristina Jennbert, Sheep and goats in Norse paganism
Anne-Sofie Gräslund, Dogs in graves – a question of symbolism?
Kenneth F. Kitchell, Jr., Man’s best friend? The changing role of the dog in Greek society
Eleanor Loughlin, The calf in Bronze Age Cretan art and society
Poster session (non-thematic)
Nenad Petrovic, The significance of Mycenaean animal figurines abroad
Raffaele Santillo, L’uomo delle stelle: per non dimenticare
Ingela M.B. Wiman, Who let the animals out? Changing modes in Etruscan mirror decoration