By Michael Allaby
Animals: From Mythology to Zoology starts off with an overview of early principles concerning the nature and foundation of animals. Rulers within the historical global saved collections of animals to provoke their viewers and reveal their energy. The booklet describes a few of these collections in China, Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, and Rome and tells how they constructed from menageries to trendy zoos. humans have consistently drawn classes from the habit of animals and the ebook describes a couple of actual animals and the “characters” they have been as soon as imagined to own. it truly is yet brief step from there to checklist of amazing beasts that writers heard approximately from sailors and different viewers to far away areas of the area, and in addition to wonderful animals there have been additionally marvelous people. From there the e-book returns to fact and outlines of the expansion of contemporary zoology and animal class, and of ethology the learn of animal habit.
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Following his release, he did his best to reform the system of government by making it less cruel and corrupt. Wen’s zoo covered , acres ( ha). He called it the Ling-Yu, which means Garden of Intelligence, or Garden for the Encouragement of Knowledge. His garden was walled and it contained deer, antelope, and birds that were possibly peafowl, as well as a pond fi lled with fish. Visitors were meant to contemplate the animals and consider philosophical questions concerning them. The garden had its own keepers and persons to provide veterinary care.
Aristotle had many interests, but he devoted a great deal of his time to natural history. He established a zoo at the Lyceum, stocking it with animals captured during Alexander’s Asian campaigns, and he studied the natural history of Lesbos as well as of adjacent areas and the surrounding seas. Aristotle broke from the Platonic way of thinking. Plato had emphasized the primacy of ideas over observation, which he considered illusory. Aristotle emphasized careful observation. His studies of animals involved dissection.
He was highly intelligent, sponsoring scientific research and expanding the large library at Alexandria, the capital of Ptolemaic Egypt. Ptolemy II maintained a magnificent court and gave displays of his immense wealth. He also supported a large collection of animals. These were used in religious processions, according to Greek custom. To celebrate his coronation, Ptolemy arranged a procession through Alexandria. . and long after the event, described the procession. First there were groups of men honoring several gods, culminating in the procession for Dionysus.
Animals: From Mythology to Zoology (Discovering the Earth) by Michael Allaby