The Cattle of the Sun : Cows and Culture in the World of the Ancient Greeks

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  • Author(s): Jeremy McInerney
  • Publication Information:
    Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press. 2010
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    • Publication Type:
      eBook.
    • Abstract:
      Though Greece is traditionally seen as an agrarian society, cattle were essential to Greek communal life, through religious sacrifice and dietary consumption. Cattle were also pivotal in mythology: gods and heroes stole cattle, expected sacrifices of cattle, and punished those who failed to provide them. The Cattle of the Sun ranges over a wealth of sources, both textual and archaeological, to explore why these animals mattered to the Greeks, how they came to be a key element in Greek thought and behavior, and how the Greeks exploited the symbolic value of cattle as a way of structuring social and economic relations. Jeremy McInerney explains that cattle's importance began with domestication and pastoralism: cattle were nurtured, bred, killed, and eaten. Practically useful and symbolically potent, cattle became social capital to be exchanged, offered to the gods, or consumed collectively. This circulation of cattle wealth structured Greek society, since dedication to the gods, sacrifice, and feasting constituted the most basic institutions of Greek life. McInerney shows that cattle contributed to the growth of sanctuaries in the Greek city-states, as well as to changes in the economic practices of the Greeks, from the Iron Age through the classical period, as a monetized, market economy developed from an earlier economy of barter and exchange. Combining a broad theoretical approach with a careful reading of sources, The Cattle of the Sun illustrates the significant position that cattle held in the culture and experiences of the Greeks.Some images inside the book are unavailable due to digital copyright restrictions.
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      9780691140070. 9781400834877.
    • Accession Number:
      659563522
    • Accession Number:
      329781
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    • ABNT:
      JEREMY MCINERNEY. The Cattle of the Sun : Cows and Culture in the World of the Ancient Greeks. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 2010. ISBN 9780691140070. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=e000xna&AN=329781. Acesso em: 27 nov. 2020.
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      Jeremy McInerney. The Cattle of the Sun : Cows and Culture in the World of the Ancient Greeks. Princeton University Press; 2010. Accessed November 27, 2020. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=e000xna&AN=329781
    • APA:
      Jeremy McInerney. (2010). The Cattle of the Sun : Cows and Culture in the World of the Ancient Greeks. Princeton University Press.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Jeremy McInerney. 2010. The Cattle of the Sun : Cows and Culture in the World of the Ancient Greeks. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=e000xna&AN=329781.
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      Jeremy McInerney (2010) The Cattle of the Sun : Cows and Culture in the World of the Ancient Greeks. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press. Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=e000xna&AN=329781 (Accessed: 27 November 2020).
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      Jeremy McInerney 2010, The Cattle of the Sun : Cows and Culture in the World of the Ancient Greeks, Princeton University Press, Princeton, N.J., viewed 27 November 2020, .
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      Jeremy McInerney. The Cattle of the Sun : Cows and Culture in the World of the Ancient Greeks. Princeton University Press, 2010. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=e000xna&AN=329781.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Jeremy McInerney. The Cattle of the Sun : Cows and Culture in the World of the Ancient Greeks. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 2010. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=e000xna&AN=329781.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Jeremy McInerney. The Cattle of the Sun : Cows and Culture in the World of the Ancient Greeks [Internet]. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press; 2010 [cited 2020 Nov 27]. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=e000xna&AN=329781