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Legions of Pigs in the Early Medieval West$
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Jamie Kreiner

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780300246292

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300246292.001.0001

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From the Mud to the Cosmos

From the Mud to the Cosmos

(p.44) 2 From the Mud to the Cosmos
Legions of Pigs in the Early Medieval West

Jamie Kreiner

Yale University Press

This chapter demonstrates that the details about different animals also mattered because the post-imperial West was a largely Christian culture that viewed the complexity of the physical world as a kind of key to the logic of God’s creation. The more attentive a person was to the particular features of a certain animal, plant, wind pattern, or planetary cycle, the more that the structure of the cosmic system as a whole would come into focus. Even pigs could speak to hidden secrets about this divine structure.

Keywords:   natural history, natural philosophy, cosmos, universe, exegesis, Creation, epistemology

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