Flying snakes & griffin claws And other classical myths, historical oddities, and scientific curiosities

Adrienne Mayor, 1946-

Book - 2022

"A collection of short pieces by historian of myth and science, Adrienne Mayor, on a wide array of fascinating and fun classical myths and the reality which often lies behind them"--

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2nd Floor New Shelf 398.09/Mayor (NEW SHELF) Due Dec 24, 2022
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Published
Princeton ; Oxford : Princeton University Press [2022]
Language
English
Physical Description
xv, 420 pages : illustrations (black and white), maps (black and white) ; 22 cm
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN
9780691217826
9780691211183
Main Author
Adrienne Mayor, 1946- (author)
  • Introduction:
  • The Borderlands of Myth, History, and Science
  • Animals: Fabulous, Real, and Extinct.
  • The flying snakes of Arabia ;
  • Sea monsters and mer-people of the Mediterranean ;
  • The golden fleece ;
  • Griffin claws and a unicorn horn ;
  • Dolphin tales ;
  • The musical racing turtles of Greece ;
  • A little bird with poison poop ;
  • The Roman army's vulture mascots: the first banded birds ;
  • Pet birds through the ages ;
  • Your new puppy in ancient times ;
  • Weasels in classical myth and history ;
  • Living the modern ferret lifestyle ;
  • Colossal fossils of Greece ;
  • Hunting griffins: an imaginary letter to a paleontologist ;
  • Siegfried and the dragon ;
  • Tracking the lucky rhino in China ;
  • Fake fossils ;
  • Cuvier and the mammoth food ;
  • Geronimo's dragon ;
  • Enslaved Africans were first to identify mammoth fossils in America
  • Formidable Women.
  • Beauty secrets of the ancient Amazons: cabbage, cannabis, and frankincense ;
  • Arab warrior queens ;
  • Ciomara, courageous Celtic woman ;
  • Camilla: why is there an Amazon in the Aeneid? ;
  • Plato and the Amazons ;
  • The brave women of Argos ;
  • Cleopatra and Antony go fishing ;
  • The poetess and the queen of Amazons ;
  • Proving the existence of Amazons in 1685 ;
  • Wine goblets and women's breasts
  • Curious History and Science.
  • Ghost ships ;
  • Mirages at sea ;
  • Winds in ancient myth and history ;
  • Death by bronze "frisbee" ;
  • Could Aristotle guess your personality from your face? ;
  • The first anti-vaxxers ;
  • Poison honey ;
  • Who was the first foot fetishist? ;
  • "Giants" in ancient warfare ;
  • Sweating truth in ancient Carthage: a new appreciation of Flaubert's punic fever dream
  • Travelers, Tattoos, and Tyrants.
  • Tourists in classical antiquity ;
  • Grand tourists in Greece, from Lord Byron to Sigmund Freud ;
  • Who were the first recreational mountain climbers? ;
  • Ancient tattoos ;
  • Tattoos in ancient China ;
  • Caligula: let them hate, so long as they fear ;
  • A mountain of a man: Maximinus Thrax ;
  • King Midas: gold and bull's blood ;
  • Home in a body bag: classical parallels for a Persian gulf urban legend ;
  • Perfumes of power: the scent of leaders.