Early Christians and Animals

By Robert M. Grant

© 2002 – Routledge

224 pages

Purchasing Options:
Paperback: 9780415518871
pub: 2015-09-20
Hardback: 9780415202046
pub: 1999-06-10
US Dollars$135.00

About the Book

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

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Ancient / General