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This profusely illustrated book examines the role of the pigeon in the daily life and cultural thought of many different civilisations across the world. From the ancient Middle East and Classical Greece and Rome, to both historical and modern examples from Egypt, India, Iran and China, the author covers a panoply of practices and beliefs. Further chapters cover topics such as the uses and status of the pigeon along the course of the Silk Road, and the history of the bird as a messenger, ranging from Noah to heroic flights as part of the British army in both World Wars. The fruit of many years of research by an accomplished author, this book reveals many fascinating insights into different societies and is certain to appeal to all keen social historians as well as ornithologists, students of religion and pigeon fanciers.
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