The Medici Giraffe 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… The Medici Giraffe 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… 2006-08-21 History Nonfiction Little Brown & Company
Book Review

The Medici Giraffe (2006)

EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Aug 21, 2006; Writer: Marina Belozerskaya; Genres: History, Nonfiction; Publisher: Little Brown & Company

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. According to Belozerskaya, exotic animals have always fascinated, whether as entertainment for the masses (the unfortunate beasts in Rome's Colosseum) or royalty (a lion who roamed the palace of Hungary's King Rudolf II). The phenomenon continues with our ongoing love affair with Chinese pandas. Rich in detail and compassion, The Medici Giraffe is a marvelous look at the ultimate in pet projects.

Originally posted Aug 18, 2006 Published in issue #893 Aug 25, 2006 Order article reprints
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