History of Dogs in Ancient Roman Society and Mythology

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Kelly Macquire
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published on 23 July 2023

Dogs were highly valued in ancient Rome, as they were in other cultures, and the Roman dog served many of the same purposes as it did in, say, Egypt and Persia - as hunters, guardians, and companions - but with a significant difference in focus.
The Romans relied heavily on their dogs to assist and protect them in their daily lives and so, although it may seem a contradiction to a modern audience, it is not surprising that dogs were also offered in sacrifice to the gods. As with other cultures, the Romans sacrificed the best of what they had, not what they could easily do without, and dog sacrifices are the best example of this.
In the same way, the fighting dog – whether in the Colosseum or a local ring – was far from poorly used but, rather, highly honored and well-cared for. The owner's reputation and, often, livelihood depended on the dog's performance in a fight and they received better care and greater attention than many of the slaves in Rome or even some family members.

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— CHAPTERS —
0:00​ Introduction
0:52 Dogs in Ancient Rome
1:39 Dogs in Roman Myth
2:49 Roles of Dogs in Ancient Rome
6:37 Popular Breeds & Collars
8:46 Outro

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About the Author

Kelly Macquire
Kelly is a graduate from Monash University who has completed her BA (Honours) in Ancient History and Archaeology, focussing on iconography and status in Pylos burials. She has a passion for mythology and the Aegean Bronze Age.

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Macquire, K. (2023, July 23). History of Dogs in Ancient Roman Society and Mythology. World History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.worldhistory.org/video/3011/history-of-dogs-in-ancient-roman-society-and-mytho/

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Macquire, Kelly. "History of Dogs in Ancient Roman Society and Mythology." World History Encyclopedia. Last modified July 23, 2023. https://www.worldhistory.org/video/3011/history-of-dogs-in-ancient-roman-society-and-mytho/.

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Macquire, Kelly. "History of Dogs in Ancient Roman Society and Mythology." World History Encyclopedia. World History Encyclopedia, 23 Jul 2023. Web. 15 Apr 2024.

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