Dogs Held Great Eminence in the Ancient World
Canines had developed a close partnership with people.
Only a dog lover can define the passion behind sharing your life with a furry four footed friend. Their eminence was even identified by our early ancestors. Speedy, Tiger, She-Wolf: These were some of the names given for a dog 2,000 years ago, according to the Roman writer Columella. Ideal dog names are not too short, but “not very long, so that each [dog] may obey more quickly when he is called”, She explained.
According to a report published in media, already thousands of years before the Romans were weighing in with opinions about their canine companions, dogs had developed a close partnership with people around the world. Researchers are still trying to pinpoint exactly when and where dogs were domesticated but we do know that by 12,000 years ago they were being depicted on stone columns and buried in the arms of humans.
While not all ancient cultures have left us with such exacting canine insights as the Romans did, their relationships with dogs shine through in the art they created and the objects they left behind for archaeologists to discover. Here’s a look at some of our favorites.
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