The two years that I taught medieval history, I had my high schoolers create their own entry for a bestiary. It was great fun to see them research everything from an elephant to a butterfly so they could not only describe f the animal but also discuss what that animal symbolized.
I was intending for this post to go up in June on EHFA, but they needed it early and I'm glad it was all written and ready to go.
Throughout history, from Aesop’s Fables to the Animal Planet network, the human imagination has been captured by the scaly, furry, four-footed, scurrying, slithering, swimming, and winged creatures of the animal world. Not only have the characteristics of animals provided endless fascination, but also the lessons that can be drawn from those characteristics.
The Physiologos, a Greek book written in the second or third century A.D., was the first book to take brief descriptions of animals and add to them Christian allegories. This book was translated into most of the European languages and is said to have been the second most popular book in Europe (after the Bible).... (read more)