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The Donkey in Human History: An Archaeological Perspective

Peter Mitchell


Donkeys carried Christ into Jerusalem while in Greek myth they transported Hephaistos up to Mount Olympos and Dionysos into battle against the Giants. They were probably the first animals that people ever rode, as well as the first used on a large-scale as beasts of burden. Associated with kingship and the gods in the ancient Near East, they have been (and in many places still are) a core technology for moving people and goods over both short and long distances, as well as a supplier of muscle power for threshing and grinding grain, pressing olives, raising water, ploughing fields, and pulling ... More

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198749233
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198749233.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter Mitchell, author