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Pheasant
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The pheasant, the male of which is splendidly colourful, (Phasianus colchicus, φασιανός/phasianós sc. ὄρνις/órnis, phasianus or phasiana sc. avis) comes originally from the region in Colchis around the river Phasis it is named after (modern Rioni, to the south of the Caucasus) (Agatharchides fr. 15 Jacoby FGrH 86 in Athen. 9,387c, cf. Mart. 13,72). From the 5th cent. BC it was introduced - with unique success for a galliform - into the wild in the Graeco-Roman cultural area. Aristophanes, who is th…

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Hünemörder, Christian (Hamburg), “Pheasant”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 27 June 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e410110>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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