Early Christians and Animals
Routledge – 2002 – 224 pages
Early Christians and Animals presents a lively study of the significance of animals in early Christian thought, tradition, text and art.
Robert M. Grant:
* examines the diverse and often conflicting sources, from the pagan antecedents Aristotle and Pliny, to Biblical animal references and the Church fathers
* provides fresh translations of key texts concerning animals - the Physiologus, Basils homilies and Isidores chapters.
'A readable, erudite, and fascinating contribution to the history of Western civilization.' - International Review of Biblical Studies
'The work is very well referenced and there are 22 drawings … It would make a good present for an animal lover or anyone interested in early church history, or the allegorical meaning of animals in early Christian art.' - Annals Australia