n Acta Classica : Proceedings of the Classical Association of South Africa - Ethnoveterinary treatments in Roman antiquity Cato the elder's veterinary remedies

Volume 44, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0065-1141
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This article deals with the animal therapies in Cato, , in an attempt to gauge the level of Roman veterinary care in the 2nd century BC, the earliest period documented in our literary sources. This aspect of Cato's work, until now neglected or treated in a cursory fashion, is discussed in its various facets: its characteristics, magical aspects, medicinal substances and preventive measures. In this way the article also contributes to the emerging field of ethnoveterinary research.

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