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Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
published on 12 May 2016

The Molossi inhabited ancient Epirus (modern north Greece and Albania). This dog once wore a collar. Its gaping jaws show powerful teeth, but the relaxed pose and upward gaze give it an obedient air. Five other versions of this sculpture, all found near Rome, are thought to be Roman copies of a lost Greek bronze orignal, probably of the 2nd century CE. This versions is sometimes known as the "Jennings Dog", because its was once owned by Henry Constantine Jennings (1731-1819 CE), who bought it in Rome in 1750s. The British Museum, London.

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About the Author

Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
Associate Professor of Neurology and lover of the Cradle of Civilization, Mesopotamia. I'm very interested in Mesopotamian history and always try to take photos of archaeological sites and artifacts in museums, both in Iraq and around the world.

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Amin, O. S. M. (2016, May 12). Molossian Hound. World History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from

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Amin, Osama Shukir Muhammed. "Molossian Hound." World History Encyclopedia. Last modified May 12, 2016.

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Amin, Osama Shukir Muhammed. "Molossian Hound." World History Encyclopedia. World History Encyclopedia, 12 May 2016. Web. 26 Mar 2023.