Cultural responses to the migration of the barn swallow in Europe

  title={Cultural responses to the migration of the barn swallow in Europe},
  author={Ashleigh Green},
  journal={ANU Historical Journal II},
  • A. Green
  • Published 2019
  • Geography
  • ANU Historical Journal II
This paper investigates the place of barn swallows in European folklore and science from the Bronze Age to the nineteenth century. It takes the swallow’s natural migratory patterns as a starting point, and investigates how different cultural groups across this period have responded to the bird’s departure in autumn and its subsequent return every spring. While my analysis is focused on classical European texts, including scientific and theological writings, I have also considered the swallow’s… Expand
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