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Legions of Pigs in the Early Medieval West

Jamie Kreiner


Early medieval communities were thinking seriously about their environments. They saw themselves as part of a complex and dynamic universe that was propelled by interconnected organisms and forces. In that system, even the smallest creatures or events could have far-reaching consequences. The big picture was tied to hyperlocal circumstances. The people who lived in the early medieval West (in what is now northwest Africa and Europe) brought these perspectives to bear on their farming, policy making, and philosophizing. And pigs were both a means and a motivation for doing this. They were a fle ... More

Keywords: pigs, medieval, Late Antiquity, history, ecology, agriculture, archaeology, Christianity, Europe, North Africa

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780300246292
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300246292.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jamie Kreiner, author
University of Georgia