Pet Animals in Roman Antiquity: Reconstructions from Archaeological Evidence
Michael MacKinnon, University of Winnipeg
February 20, 2020 · 5:00 pm—6:00 pm EST · 106 McCormick
Department of Art and Archaeology; Department of Classics; Humanities Council
This illustrated lecture integrates archaeological, ancient textual, and artistic evidence to provides a more holistic assessment of the distribution, perception, breeding, and treatment of pet animals during Roman antiquity. The concept of what constituted a “pet” animal in the world of antiquity is explored, before outlining the varieties and types of pet animals, as well as the specialized roles each may have fulfilled.