Guest Videos: Pet Dogs in Ancient Rome


People put more effort into “Beware of Dog” signs in Ancient Roman times.

This one is in Pompeii.

The following video is from a YouTube channel that usually focuses on human history.

It’s pretty neat that ancient Romans had their own dog breeds, and that the breeds so familiar to us just didn’t exist yet!



Wait a minute — there were no pet-food stores back then.

That’s right —



From another channel, animation of what the world that those dogs and their human friends lived in might have looked like:



I don’t know how accurate this video is, but it reminds me of something G. K. Chesterton wrote in “The Napolean of Notting Hill”: “Many clever men like you have trusted to civilization. Many clever Babylonians, many clever Egyptians, many clever men at the end of Rome. Can you tell me, in a world that is flagrant with the failures of civilization, what there is particularly immortal about yours?”



Lagniappe:

Meanwhile, in Ancient Egypt…




Featured image: khd/Shutterstock



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