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It is generally believed that Phoenician traders smuggled some cats out of Egypt during the first millennium BCE, despite the […]Read More ›
The history of the domestic cat embodies a paradox. No other animal has been so loved yet so despised, so […]Read More ›
Although condemned by the Inquisition, favorable views of the cat occasionally surfaced in the popular literature of the period. Charles […]Read More ›
I am apt to treat him with respect from the idea he may be a great prince incognito, and may […]Read More ›
“Animals which symbolized courage and audacity in battle, such as the lion and the leopard, were much featured in heraldry. […]Read More ›
The near extermination of the cat was a by-product of the Inquisition, a period of violent reaction against people, and […]Read More ›
Murdered by the Church, or a brief depiction of the religious horrors of the middle-ages, and how a tyrannical clergy […]Read More ›
"Cats, whether hungry or not, are inclined to kill snakes, a survival adaptation, perhaps, in a region where venomous species abound. A constant peril to the Eqyptians, especially during harvest, the snake frequently symbolized the principle of evil...."