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The Cattle of the Sun: Cows and Culture in the World of the Ancient Greeks Hardcover – May 30, 2010

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"[T]his book is well crafted and insightful. It should appeal to a relatively broad audience, across a variety of disciplines, sparking curiosity among many to engage in new theoretical ideas about antiquity and to consider ties among lines of evidence that they may not have considered before."--Michael MacKinnon, Canadian Journal of History

"In sum, this is an excellent book in many regards. For understanding Greek religion and sanctuaries and the Greek economy, and as a contribution to the growing field of studies on animals in historical contexts, I think it should assume a central place. . . . [I]t is . . . a work of great value that contributes much to ancient Mediterranean studies."--Gary D. Farney, Journal Of World History

"In yet another instance, Princeton University Press must be commended for making an important, powerfully argued book available at a very reasonable price. . . . [T]his book must be a worthwhile accession to major college and university libraries, where all interested in the lately flourishing field of human-animal relations as well as antiquarians who study Greek religion and/or other early cultural-civic institutions and ancient economy may wish to consult it, if in fact they do not take advantage of its attractive price to acquire it for themselves."--Victor Castellani, European Legacy

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"Through the Greeks' apparent devotion to agriculture and our modern overvaluing of that agriculture, we have failed to perceive the essential pastoral ethos of ancient Greek life. Once we put aside our blinders, we see that many aspects of Greek culture, most prominently large-animal sacrifice and public feasting, are attributable to a long devotion to bovid production. This engaging and confident book argues the idea convincingly."--David Tandy, University of Tennessee

"This is a rewarding place of first resort for those interested in ancient Greek cattle."--Robin Osborne, University of Cambridge

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