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Dumb Beasts and Dead Philosophers (Hardback)

Humanity and the Humane in Ancient Philosophy and Literature

Ancient History > Ancient Greece & the Hellenistic World > Greek Art & Architecture Ancient History > Rome & the Roman Provinces > Roman Language & Literature

Imprint: Oxford University Press
Pages: 262
ISBN: 9780199282067
Published: 31st December 2007
Casemate UK Academic

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Animal rights are, one might think, a fairly modern concept. This study shows that this is emphatically not the case and reveals a rich vein of Classical thought on the treatment of animals and the relationship between humans and their environment. Topics discussed include the Pythagoreans, Empedocles and Plato on reincarnation, Aristotle's thought on the intellectual properties of animals and even plants, the concept of providing a voice for the voiceless animal in Sophocles' tragedy, and ancient vegetarianism particularly as practised by Proclus.

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