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Aelian on the characteristics of animals

Aelian

Aelian on the characteristics of animals

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Published by Harvard University Press, W. Heinemann in Cambridge, Mass, London .
Written in English

    Subjects:
  • Zoology -- Pre-Linnean works.

  • Edition Notes

    Other titlesAelian on animals.
    Statementwith an English translation by A.F. Scholfield.
    SeriesThe Loeb classical library (Greek authors) -- nos. 446, 448, 449, Loeb classical library -- nos. 446, 448, 449.
    ContributionsScholfield, Alwyn Faber, 1884-
    The Physical Object
    Pagination3 v ;
    ID Numbers
    Open LibraryOL19619720M

    For the rest he lives at ease and abstains from physical labour. Rhea's Lions, the lions drawing the chariot of Rhea. Thus, he faces his attacker and by lashing with his tail and winding it about his flanks rouses himself as though he were stimulating himself with a spur. These are available in Loeb no. Medea 's dragons, a pair of flying dragons that pulled Medea's chariot.

    The Loeb Classical Library edition of the work is in three volumes. Now it happened that a dolphin was captured and wounded, not indeed fatally, but the captive was still able to live. And I have ascertained that it is for this reason that they assign him to the sun, for, as you know, the sun is the most hard-working of the gods, being visible above the earth or pursuing his course beneath it without pause. Accordingly with jaws agape he breathes upon them and trusts to his breath to guard them while he himself goes on his way.

    My favorite eighteenth-century cat the cat who started it allhowever, is not of the Satanic variety. This they do by way of precaution, to prevent the snakes from meeting their death. At any rate, despite the multitude of sacrifices, the quantity of blood shed and of flesh hung out, the flies disappear of their own free will and cross to the opposite bank of the Alpheius. But when the other beasts arrive and realise to whom the remains upon the ground belong, they do not venture to touch them but go their way for fear of seeming to rob and diminish anything that belongs to their king. For instance, sheep are friends with goats; there is friendship between pigeon and turtle-dove; ringdoves and partridges entertain friendly feelings towards one another; we have long known that the Halcyon and the Ceryl desire each other; that the crow is friendly disposed towards the heron, and the sea-mew towards the Little Cormorant, as it is called, and the shearwater towards the kite. For instance, he has designs upon cattle and goes to their folds by night.


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When elephants are dying of wounds, stricken either in battle or in hunting, they pick up any grass they may find or some of the dust at their feet, and looking upwards to the heaven, cast some of these objects in that direction and wail and cry aloud in indignation in their own language, as though they were calling the gods to witness how unjustly and how wrongfully they are suffering.

Otherwise he returns to it as to a private store. The Historical Miscellany Loeb no. Then they leap upon it and turn somersaults on its body and by dancing in triumph a dance appropriate to monkeys, and by a variety of insults testify to the joy and delight they feel over the supposed corpse.

It is smaller than a goose but more courageous, and is a fierce fighter. AD at Praeneste, was a pupil of the rhetorician Pausanias of Caesarea, and taught and practised rhetoric. And when he has eaten more than enough, he empties himself by lying quiet and abstaining from food, or alternatively he catches a monkey and eats some of it, voiding and emptying his belly by means of its flesh.

And an educated man who attends to what he hears should know that the dolphin is at feud with the whale, the basse too with the mullet, and the moray with the Conger Eel, and so on. This selection from his work will introduce readers to a lively mind and a witty writer who has much to tell us.

Now this move they have cleverly devised so that, should any farmers attack them in self-defence, they can run down into the water with complete ease, on the look-out for enemies in front of them but not looking behind them. For if the will of Zeus did not fail of effect in the case of Thetisand would not fail in the case of any other person, far less, I think, will it prove ineffectual when his own nurse is concerned.

And I myself have even seen it holding the reins, laying on the whip, and driving a chariot. What the divine Plato says [Phaedr. Hence those who come across the eggs of the aforesaid creatures calculate to what extent the Nile will rise and irrigate their land.

L 446 Aelian Characteristics Of Animals I: 1 5

And the people come bringing earthen vessels or pitchers or jugs. Ceto or Ketoa marine goddess who was the mother of all sea monsters as well as Echidna and other dragons and monsters. For instance, there is not a single animal from which they flee; they are not mastered by cowardice but go to the attack.

Aelian's Letters--portraying the affairs and country ways of a series of fictitious writers--offer engaging vignettes of rural life.

So much for the innate wickedness and villainy of crocodiles. The city prospered under the Mauryas and a Greek ambassador, Megasthenesresided there and left a detailed account of its splendour, referring to it as "Palibothra": "Megasthenes says that on one side where it is longest this city extends ten miles in length, and that its breadth is one and threequarters miles; that the city has been surrounded with a ditch in breadth feet, and in depth 45 feet; and that its wall has towers and 64 gates.

And yet literary cats — in footnotes, illustrations, casual mentions in books long forgotten — continue to entrance her. Some of Aelian's material is drawn from authors whose works are lost. And so to avenge its offspring the Blue Tit leaps upon the ass's sore places and feeds on them.

At times he strikes the modern reader as thoroughly credulous, but at others he specifically states that he is merely reporting what is told by others, and even that he does not believe them. Thespian dragon, a dragon that terrorized the city of Thespiae in Boeotia. Son of Typhon and Echidna.Other articles where On the Nature of Animals is discussed: Aelian: is chiefly remembered for his On the Nature of Animals, in 17 books, curious stories of birds and other animals, often in the form of anecdote, folklore, or fable that points a moral.

This work set a pattern that continued in bestiaries and medical treatises through the Middle Ages.

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His. On Animals: Aelian: On the Characteristics of Animals, Volume III, Books (Loeb Classical Library No. ) by Aelian (Author) › Visit Amazon's Aelian Page. Find all the books, read about the author, and more. See search results for this author. Are you an author?

Author: Aelian. Aelian is chiefly remembered for his On the Nature of Animals, in 17 books, curious stories of birds and other animals, often in the form of anecdote, folklore, or fable that points a moral.

This work set a pattern that continued in bestiaries and medical treatises through the Middle Ages. Aelian On Animals, I, Books (Loeb Classical Library®) (Volume I) Aelian (Claudius Aelianus), a Roman born ca. AD at Praeneste, was a pupil of the rhetorician Pausanias of Caesarea, and taught and practised rhetoric.

3 The Tunny4 The Moon-fish5 Tunny-fishing in the Euxine6 Tunny-fishers and Poseidon7 Honey-dew in India8 Pearl-fishing in the Indian Ocean9 The Crane-fish10 The Pelamyd11 The Marten. The Marten-fish1. Aelian Family History. by occupation, place of origin, clan affiliation, patronage, parentage, adoption, and even physical characteristics (like red hair).

Many of the modern surnames in the dictionary can be traced back to Britain and Ireland. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Aelian census records can tell you where and how.