Subject details

  • Topics
    • What is an animal?
    • Representing animals in prehistory and the ancient Near East
    • Representing animals in the Classical world
    • Hunting practices
    • Domestication of species
    • Agriculture and animal husbandry
    • Animal exploitation
    • Animals in Egyptian religion
    • Animals in Greek religion
    • Animals in Roman religion
    • Entertainment
    • Warfare
    • Animals in philosophy and ethics
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online assignment submission
      • Standard Media
      • Web links
    • Online Materials
      • Resources and Links

At the completion of this subject students will be able to:

  1. understand the role that animals have played in shaping ancient societies
  2. appreciate the value of different forms of evidence (art, artefacts, texts) for analysing cultural history
  3. conduct independent research
  4. think independently and express their ideas clearly in online discussions.
  • Assignment 1 - Essay (35%)
  • Assignment 2 - Online Discussion (20%)
  • Assignment 3 - Report (20%)
  • Assignment 4 - Review (25%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject

Entry Requirements

Equivalent Subjects

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • MAQ-HST350

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject was previously known as HST350 Animals in the Ancient World.

This subject explores the role of animals in cultures of the ancient Mediterranean region. All taxonomic classes will be considered, including mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish and invertebrates. The topics to be covered range from the use of animals in agriculture, hunting, warfare and entertainment, to their significance in religion, philosophy, symbolism and art. Through an assessment of artefacts, images and texts, we will investigate the ways in which both wild and domesticated species influenced the minds and behaviour of ancient peoples.

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