Sunday, 4 March 2012

Famous Vegetarians from Past and Present

Arthur Russell Brand
by Eva Rinaldi
So many vegetarians to find, from well into the BC years onwards. When this topic was mentioned to friends, immediate responses were Adolf Hitler (who probably wasn't), and Mahatma Gandhi, George Bernard Shaw and Albert Einstein who almost certainly were, and Sir Paul McCartney. Some of those listed here are well-known for their dietary habits, others perhaps less so. But I had great fun finding out!

(All of the pictures are from and all are licensed for creative commons use.)

Early Roman Poets
Virgil (70-19 BC)
Horace (65-8 BC)
Ovid (43 BC to 17/18 AD)

Early Greek Philosophers/Mathematicians

Pythagoras of Samos (550-495 BC), mathematician - remember the theorem!
Plato (approx 424 to 348 BC) was both
Plutarch (approx 46-120 AD), became a Roman citizen, philosopher, historian and biographer

Gustav Mahler
by Jean Pierre
Gustav Mahler, Austrian/Hungarian (1860-1911)
Gustav Holst, British, (1874-1934)
Philip Glass, American, born 1937
Isadora Duncan
by Secom Bahia

Found only one of special note - Sir Stafford Cripps, labour  
     chancellor of the exchequer (1859-1992)

Isadora Duncan, American (1877-1927), died when a scarf became
                                entangled in a car wheel.

More Recent Poets
Alexander Pope (1688-1744)
Lord Byron, English Romantic 1788-1824
Percy Bysshe Shelley, English Romantic (1792-1822)

Other Writers
Mary Shelley (1797-1851), best-known for gothic novel Frankenstein - the monster was vegetarian, too!

Leo Tolstoy, Russian (1828-1910)
Franz Kafka (1883-1924), best known for The Trial and Metamorphosis. Most work published after his death
Spike Milligan, KBE (1918-2002), also comedian
Antoni Gaudi
by thierry ehrmann
J M Coetzee, Australian, born 1940
Other Arts
Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519), not famous for his code                                                 
Antoni Gaudi (1852-1926), Spanish architect, best known for work in Barcelona houses, 
        Park Guell, and unfinished cathedral La Sagrada Familia  

Billie Jean King, American, born 1943
Martina Navratilova, American (originally Czech), born 1956

Martin Shaw as Insp
George Gently
by microraptor

And Others ...
John Harvey Kellogg, American doctor, keen on nutrition (yes,
         the  cereal) and exercise
Martin Shaw born 1945
Joanna Lumley, born 1946
Jeff Beck, rock guitarist, born 1944

and finally,
Lisa Simpson
by pop culture geek

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