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I. Species

The pigeon and dove family, περιστεροειδῆ/peristeroeidê (Aristot. Hist. an. 5,13,544a 33-b 11 and also 6,4, 562b 3-563a 4), includes several species:

1) Wild pigeons: a) Πέλεια/péleia (derived from πολιός/poliós = ‘dark, blueish grey’), the rock dove (Columba livia L.), the wild progenitor of the domestic pigeon. Homer only speaks of this species, which he labels ‘fearful’ because of its shyness towards people (τρήρων/t…

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Hünemörder, Christian (Hamburg), “Dove/Pigeon”, 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 14 June 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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