The Medici Giraffe by Marina Belozerskaya

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A fascinating exploration, spanning two thousand years, ofthe central role exotic animals have played in war, diplomacy, and thepomp of rulers and luminaries.
 

About Marina Belozerskaya

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Marina Belozerskaya is a scholar of early modern European art. She is the author, most recently, of To Wake the Dead: A Renaissance Merchant and the Birth of Archaeology (2009) and The Medici Giraffe and Other Tales of Exotic Animals and Power (2006).
 
Published June 27, 2009 by Little, Brown and Company. 432 pages
Genres: History, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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“In our world of easy travel and global media,” writes Belozerskaya (Luxury Arts of the Renaissance, not reviewed), “we tend to take [exotic animals] for granted.” It was not always thus.

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(Pliny told the story of an elephant who once wrote in the sand, in Greek letters, “I, the elephant, wrote this.”) Miscalculating, Pompey ordered the elephants slain, bringing the curses of the crowd down on his head.

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In Belozersakya's adept hands, exotic animals are mere jumping off points for marvelous adventures through worlds ranging from bustling, heroic Alexandria, Egypt, circa 300 B.C., to the creepy confines of William Randolph Hearst's San Simeon in the mid-20th century.

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When Ptolemy Philadelphos, ruler of ancient Egypt, had his army parade through Alexandria, what most impressed onlookers were not his 80,000 soldiers but his nearly 100 elephants — which, at the time, had the same tactical advantages as modern tanks.

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Monsters and Critics

more Clive Davis still grieving over Whitney Houston Clive Davis is still mourning the loss of his musical protégée Whitney Houston but intends to honour her legacy with a tribute at his annual pre-Grammy Awards party this weekend.

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This fascinating exploration spans 2,000 years to look at the central role exotic animals have played in war, diplomacy, and the pomp of princes and potentates.

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