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Thursday, 17 March 2011

Dogs in Ancient Rome

The more I see of humans, The more I love Dogs

Rome         : In contrast with the Egyptian attitude, Sirius the Dog Star presaged bad weather for the Romans, and for the Greeks. It brought the hottest part of the year, the 'dog days' of pestilence and drought. The Romans sacrificed red dogs at the feast of  Floralia in an attempt to satisfy Sirius. At the annual festival of Diana at Nemi(Vesta) which was celebrated all over Italy on 13th August, the hottest time of the year, hunting dogs were crowned .

At the height of Roman civilisation, dogs were restricted to the privileged class and the Romans were the first to feed their dogs regularly, but as the civilisation crumbled, dogs gradually became outcasts and scavengers. Rome  had been very impressed by the enormous and powerful Mastiffs of Britain and they brought home to fight in the arenas against wild animals and gladiators.  They were also used as prize war dogs.

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