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Porphyry: On Abstinence from Killing Animals
by G Clarke
Porphyry's "On Abstinence from Killing Animals "is one of the most interesting books from Greek antiquity for both philosophers and historians. In it, Porphyry relates the arguments for eating or sacrificing animals and then goes on to argue that an understanding of humans and gods shows such sacrifice to be inappropriate, that an understanding of animals shows it to be ...more
ebook, 229 pages
Published May 5th 2014 by Bloomsbury Academic
(first published January 1st 2014)
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Clarke's modern translations are getting rave reviews. I can't judge that, but I can say it's a flowing, readable, but still recognizably ancient text. Porphyry's discussion and arguments are worth considering and (with the exception of sacrifice) contemporary for us. It has re-challenged my beliefs about my relation to non-human life, and anyone thinking that through for yourself could learn from it. Plus there's something kinda lovely about Porphyry's writing.