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The elephant in the Greek and Roman world

Author: H H Scullard
Publisher: Ithaca, N.Y. : Cornell University Press, 1974.
Series: Aspects of Greek and Roman life.
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This book offers a full picture of the elephant in the Graeco-Roman world, featuring contemporary accounts of elephants performing on the battlefield. The author first traces the natural history of the elephant and then evaluates the references to elephants in the works of Ctesias, Aristotle, and other early writers. He shows the animal in action under Alexander the Great and his successors, under the Carthaginians,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
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Scullard, H.H. (Howard Hayes), 1903-1983.
Elephant in the Greek and Roman world.
Ithaca, N.Y. : Cornell University Press, 1974
(OCoLC)567810652
Online version:
Scullard, H.H. (Howard Hayes), 1903-1983.
Elephant in the Greek and Roman world.
Ithaca, N.Y. : Cornell University Press, 1974
(OCoLC)631588147
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: H H Scullard
ISBN: 0801409314 9780801409318
OCLC Number: 1108784
Description: 288 pages, [12] leaves of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Contents: 1. Natural history of the elephant --
2. Greek knowledge of the elephant --
3. Alexander and his successors --
4. Pyrrhus --
5. Seleucids and Ptolemies --
6. Carthage --
7. Rome --
8. The later writers --
9. In war and peace.
Series Title: Aspects of Greek and Roman life.
Responsibility: H.H. Scullard.

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This book offers a full picture of the elephant in the Graeco-Roman world, featuring contemporary accounts of elephants performing on the battlefield. The author first traces the natural history of the elephant and then evaluates the references to elephants in the works of Ctesias, Aristotle, and other early writers. He shows the animal in action under Alexander the Great and his successors, under the Carthaginians, and under Hannibal, describing how they were captured and trained and how they were dealt with by opposing armies. He discusses what later writers such as Pliny, Aelian, and Ammianus knew about elephants, and he concludes with an account of the animals' roles in such peacetime activities as circuses and ceremonies.--From publisher's description.

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