How They Did It - Pet Dogs in Ancient Rome

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Henrique Maximo : 4:18 Cave Canem = Beware of the dog

The Elven Biker : "Mia never barked without reason, but now he is silent." That hit me way too strong.

dumeoch : I wonder what those Romans would think if they knew thousands are reading the epitaphs of their dogs in the far distant future, and sharing in their sorrow.

Aravaganthus : Damn Romans had more variety of dog names than their own first names.

Indrick Boreale : Humans: Have evolved as a society through the century Dogs: Were perfect good boys from the beginning and forevermore

James Royster : When you think it’s safe to watch an Invicta video on your phone in public, but end up getting weird looks from people whilst crying about dogs that have been dead for centuries

DearlyBelovedofGod : I legit started tearing up at the ancient dog graves section. It's so amazing how our bond with our pet dogs is so transhistoric, so relatable, so...human.

Mountainmoth : "What did you name your dog?" "Bear!" "Deerslayer!" "Whirlwind!" "... Spot."

iafozzac : You can see how loved dogs were in the ancient world from the Odyssey, which predates those tombs by centuries. In the whole Odyssey, Ulises sheds only one tear, and it is for his dog Argos, who recognizes him when he arrives back at his home when no one else did. The dog, once a mighty hunter, now resting over a pile of dung and covered in fleas, is too weak to even go great his old master, but drops his ears and wags his tail as he sees him . Ulises cannot go greet him, for it would betray his real identity, so he can only shed that one single tear, as he tells to the man who was accompanying him: "Eumaios, what a noble hound is that is over yonder on the manure heap: his build is splendid; is he as fine a fellow as he looks, or is he only one of those dogs that come begging about a table, and are kept merely for show?" To which Eumainos answered: "This dog belonged to him who has died in a far country. If he were what he was when Odysseus left for Troy, he would soon show you what he could do. There was not a wild beast in the forest that could get away from him when he was once on its tracks. But now he has fallen on evil times, for his master is dead and gone, and the women take no care of him. Servants never do their work when their master's hand is no longer over them, for Zeus takes half the goodness out of a man when he makes a slave of him"

Yixuan Liu : *Dog dies Roman: This is so sad. Alexa, import slaves from Thessalia.

Max Power : I lost my buddy of 14 years about 3 months ago, it still burns to think about. The love of our dogs connects us as humans, all throughout History.

Unova's Finest : Bruh. Those dog tombstones hit me in the feels

Fat Bastards : What about the name strongboi

Steva Stevanovic : Sorry for your lose man. I hope that your dog rests in peace, in heaven. I myself lost a dog, about 3 months ago. Her name was Ribica, (Little fish or just Fish in English). Though she wasn't my dog, but my uncle's, I always looked at her as my own, because I don't have dog. She was there my whole life. We were born at the same year, 2000. And it felt like I lost my best friend. Not so long after her death, my uncle brought a new dog, a baby to be precise. She had about 3 months and was the same race as Ribica. She was a happy, playful puppy. But, alas, she died too about week ago, 6 months old.....she run on the street and then car hit her. Now, my uncle, man who clearly cannot live without dogs, brought two new puppys, who are just born. They are afraid of people, but are already showing less fear. They are also the same race as previous two were. I hope that they stay alive. I could not bare another death. P.S. An if anybody ask, yes, I cried hell out of my eyes when you read the tombstone texts.

1001 Helen Of Troy : One of the fascinating things about Rome is that we can read the words of real people writing about their lives, experiencies..So much material is available you can almost feel what it was like to stand in the forum and eavesdrop as the locals conduct their business or gossip to friends. We may be separated by 2000 years but we can still get a sense that these were real people living real lives. Romans shaped the society as we know it today.

kirubino : Quis est bonus puer? Certe, tu es!

Nathaniel Harari : They were *Roman* dogs, they were! Best in the world! None of that *barbarian* watered-down stuff. March in the ranks in formation! Holding the line! Guarding the border of the wildlands, they did. They even sacrificed to Mars and Bacchus during the holy days out of *respect*! Best dog there is, a Roman dog. Smart thinking, guarding, building, chasing...nothing beats a Roman dog. Puts those Egyptian cat gods to shame, they do.

bendrui : I've thought a lot about dogs, and human history, and I argue that dogs and humans helped shape each other. I wonder if we would have been as successful at building civilizations without our dog companions. First, they hunted with us. Second, when we became nomadic herders, dogs guarded and helped manage our livestock. Third, when we became farmers, dogs guarded our crops from rats and other vermin. Humans bred dogs to he helpful, and dogs helped humans build our world. It's a cultural symbiosis!

Garrett Meskill : Gotta admit, cried a little

dreman999 : 1000"s upon 1000's of years pass...and we are still naming our dogs "spot".

cfroi08 : China Now: Spot soup is yummy Rome: Ole Spot died, better make a poem and statue.

rickpgriffin : I remember in high school and college classes that a lot of teachers and professors were insistent that people of antiquity didn't own "pets", and that pets weren't really invented until the industrial revolution, because they only had animals if they worked for a living. Well, yes, they tended to be more useful animals beyond "hang around your living space just because" but that didn't mean that people didn't enjoy their pets in the same way people of modern times do? Like how does a historian assume this kind of social instinct just didn't happen?

Joe Smith : I think it's clear that these monuments for deceased canines were made by people of wealth. I'm wondering how the poor or middle class of the time treated their dogs, if they were seen as simple tools or real companions. From experience I can attest that people in poorer regions (Bosnia and Herzegovina for me) are often unnecessarily cruel toward animals. It would be wonderful if we had a written complaint by one of the upper classes in Rome complaining about animal abuse.

Archangel Azrael : animals are glorious, i no longer cry for my animals...i see them as champions the best ive ever had they would never want to see you sad, they should motivate you so when you too meet your end you will know that you had lived your life and as your companions had to face death before you, know that they would rather go first then be without you. Let them give you strength for when the time comes...

Ian Cabugsa : 2 millenia later, John Wick massacred hundreds for the death of his dog.

Korstmahler : You translated the names though. D I S L I K E D

OsolocoAZ : Just lost my old dude of 15 years about a month ago. Glad to know the more things change the more they stay the same. Great video. Thx

Southern Gothic : "Never again shall you give me a thousand kisses" *sobbing*

Abu Hajaar : We’re those names the English translations? What are they in Latin?

DiscordChaosGod : I read the title as "how they pet dogs in rome". as in, there being a particular protocol to pet a dog


Speckled Box : I miss my little Black Jack. My Jack Frost. My little spring heeled Jack. He was a real good boy. Loss and love are eternal.

Firefox is red, Explorer is blue. Google+ sucks and Chrome does too. : I never thought I'd get teary eyed over a 2000 year long dead pupper :(.

AlfzMyle : Remember that even the god of the dead loves his dog, inmortal companion and loyald friend, ours may gone but they live one running free in the fields of elysium, playing catch with cerberus and old charon's oar and they are waiting for the day they see us pas the gates of hades as they bark to us with glee, for a dog is loyald even in death

S2MH : I lost a dog too a few years ago, and it was rough. All we can do is give them a happy life, then we know we did our part :)

Bolt : The worst thing is that there are some countries that regularly consume mans best friend like absolute savages. And Yeah yeah, before any vegans say anything, I’m aware pigs are about as smart as a dog but still dogs are specially made to be our companions and it just seems purely evil to me to kill anything that has an innate trust and love for humans. Whether that be a dog or another human, it’s absolutely disgusting and horrible.

vee tee : Damn these epitaphs hit hard, reminds me of the epitaph for a cat i saw on Imgur Dewey 1898-1910 "He was only a cat but he was human enough to be a great comfort in hours of loneliness and pain"

Stephen Smith : This makes the Romans who wrote those epitaphs so real to me, not just an abstraction of history.

Deception Ception : Men best friend since 30k BC.

Anthony De Castro : I really wasn't expecting to start crying when the epithaths were being read. You can feel the love in our ancestor's words for their companions. Part of their houses, lives, souls...

Sum Arbor : Stop making me feel. My dog is immortal, she promised me.

moxie : Those epitaphs were incredible!! Very tear-jerking. Thank you so much for sharing them. I've always been on the look out since I was a child to historical references to dogs and cats. I love that no matter how much humanity has changed one thing has been constant: our special bond with our dogs and cats.

Ja frost : What beautiful way to reach back to an ancient society for a connection. Would never have thought of this topic as that kind of a tool, awesome video!

Cesare Borgia : Dang I haven't cried like that in a while ....

ThePsychonaut : The fact that some guy a few thousands years ago was complaining about small yappy dogs amazes me. 2 millennia and thousands of miles apart and we're still dealing with the same sort of issues.

rumle : The gravestone and text got me too, damn i miss my dog

Forrest Patterson : Makes you wonder what the future holds for humans and dogs as a species

Goofball Mcsullivan : "I am in tears while carrying you to your last resting place, as much as I rejoiced when bringing you home in my own hands 15 years ago." Oh god my heart hurts.

ZeldaFeb : These are my dogs, Deerslayer and Spot.

Gabe Grothaus : We can’t forget strongboy