D. T. Potts, An Ass for Ares


Strabo (15.2.14) refers to the use of asses in warfare and to the sacrifice of an ass to Ares by the Karmanians. This paper examines the implications of Strabo's remark, looking at Karmania and what we know about it in the Achaemenid period; the use of the ass in war; and the religious context of animal sacrifice to an Iranian god assimilated with Ares.

 

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