Birds of the Athenian Agora

Book Details

Author  Robert D. Lamberton
Publisher  American School of Classical Studies at Athens
Publication Date   November 21, 1985
ISBN  0876616279
Pages  32

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As well as the Little Owl or glaux, so often seen accompanying the goddess Athena, many other birds played an important role in Greek art and symbolism. This booklet describes the ways in which the Greeks viewed birds, from useful hawks and fowl to exotic parakeets and peacocks. Some of the birds most often depicted are imaginary, from the griffin to the phallos bird, whose head and neck consisted of an erect penis. The book ends with a field guide to species likely to be seen on a visit to the Agora archaeological park today.

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