Jeremy Mynott

Jeremy Mynott is an emeritus fellow at Wolfson College in Cambridge. A former publisher (head of Cambridge University Press) turned author, he has written books in classics, ancient history and natural history. His latest is Birds in the Ancient World: Winged Words (2018).

Written by Jeremy Mynott

Detail from a fresco decoration within the House of the Golden Bracelet in Pompeii, Italy, dating from the 1st century. Photo by Mondadori/Getty

Animals and humans
Birds are ‘winged words’

The Classical world abounded with avians – and so birds took up in the human imagination, nesting in our language and art

Jeremy Mynott