How They Did It - Pet Dogs in Ancient Rome
Pet Dogs in Ancient Rome was unexpectedly one of the saddest things Ive watched this month

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Our history with man's best friend stretches far into the past. Today we take a look at the lives of dogs in ancient Rome; how they named, trained, and raised them. Bibliography: Xenophon and Arrian: On Hunting (1999) translated by A. A. Phillips and M. M. Willcock Metamorphoses Book III by Ovid Names of Dogs in Ancient Greece by Adrienne Mayor Greek and Roman Household Pets by Francis D. Lazenby Artwork: Beverly Johnson ( Music: "Strings and Drums Comedy" by 8th Mode Music "Emotional" by 8th Mode Music #RomanHistory #HowTheyDidIt


Sarf : My favorite ancient Roman dog was one named Delta. She was found when archaeologists were making plaster casts of bodies in the remains of Pompeii. Found with her was her silver engraved collar that named her Delta, as well as named her owner Severinus and mentioned that she had saved his life on 3 occasions. First, Delta pulled him out of the sea and saved him from drowning. Second, she fought off 4 attackers who had tried to rob him. Finally, she defended him from a wolf that tried to attack him near the city of Herculaneum. Here’s the kicker. Delta was discovered in Pompeii positioned lying over the body of a young child, probably a relative of her master, attempting to shield it from the volcano. Even with her dying breath, Delta was a loyal and protective dog.

Vaylon Kenadell : "But now his voice is imprisoned in the silent pathways of the night." Damn.

Insecurity guard : “I am in tears while carrying you to your last resting place As much as I rejoiced bringing you home in my own hands fifteen years ago.” This some powerful stuff

Thomas Moore : Those epitaphs were mournfully beautiful, drew some fresh tears from me.

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

baberuth1000 : Came expecting cute dog stories, left crying from cute dog stories

Bone Lad : I love the one that said don't laugh even though this is a dog's grave. It just really brought home how the death of any being close to us is something difficult and worth remembering, regardless of differences in 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.

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

Great Summoner Heronnet : "The roman raider Raidius..." that is the most spot on name i've ever heard.

Brass 'n Barrels Firearms Channel : i wonder in how many previous lives, i've had to say goodbye to my furry firend, i wonder if hes the same one again and again?

sommi : *The more I grow older as a human, the more I realise that we don't actually deserve dogs. forever goodboys*

ThatGuy : "Myia, who never barked without reason, but now he is silent." Damn, that's a very touching epitath for a dog.

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

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"

Samone : 6:25 *But now his voice is imprisoned in the silent pathways of the night* I never got hit so hard in my life

Me and my BobbyGee : The dogs named Shaggy were the most powerful

Unlawful_Falafel : goddamn, i didn't know roman graves were so poetic.

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

The Secret History Living in Your Aquarium : As a historian and archaeologist, I would love to see what you can dig up about fish as pets/food/ponds... supposedly the wealthy romans often had tubs for keeping fish in a marble box under the bed for several days prior to holidays. Also ancient Chinese ....and later Persians used carp as pets . Rome is inland and it's common knowledge that exotic animals, crocodiles, supposedly sharks even for the arena. My question is, if you've ever come across details and dates of aquariums or care takers of exotic fish for spectical. Thanks for all you do, Sincerely. Alexander Williamson. Cheers!

ProksenosPapias : Some of Xenophon's Recommended Names (Original+Translation) for those interested: Psyche (soul), Thymos (Spirit), Xephon (swordman), Hara (Joy), Via (Force), Aktis (Ray of Light), Phylax (Guard), Ether (ummm ether :p), Eva (Youth). Wherever you see "Y" or "i" pronounce it as "ee" (see, tea, reeeeeeeee etc).

stacey rain : I cried my eyes out my dog is 17 yrs old ive had since he was 5wks old hes my best friend i love him lots i know my heart will break when his time comes to leave this earth

Haute mess Momma : Those epitaphs are heart breaking. I kept looking over at my dogs little urn, photo, and paw print while each somber epitaph was read. I miss my sweet Iris immensely but I know in death, as in life, she is still “the heartbeat at my feet.”

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

AbsoluteMadDog™ : "I hope that in this video I have shed some light" The only thing you made me shed is tears!!!!!!

peachy b. : my 15 year old pup, half blind and near deaf, sensed my emotion watching this video. She waddled in the room, sneezed, pooped on the floor, and went back to bed. i love her so

lauren malcomson : I lost my own childhood pup about a week ago, and this video actually made me feel a little better. Also, I’m not crying, you’re crying.

Glitter Berries : "Never barked without reason, but now is silent" STWAP 😿 Edit, no, keeps going My cat is purring so loudly trying to cheer me up 😂💕💕💕

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

Jesus Christ Denton : "let me just get my dog, *DEERSLAYER*

Edward Du : *_D E E R S L A Y E R_*

Guineith Isaacs : Most popular dog name of all history...SPOT! Followed bu Fido (Faithful). I have a dog named Spot and he's my dear friend! He has a fantastic nature and a spot over one eye. He passes these traits along to his puppies and they are beautiful! He's a good boy and I love him!

Lenona : I clicked in with the excitement of learning and ended early with a heavy heart.

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 :(.

jedihunter176 : 7:09 Look at that face. That's the face of a good boy. A good boy that looks directly at the painter, as if to desperately ask "Can I please move now?".

Aviation, Just.aviation : RIP all the good boyes, hope they are chasing squirrels in heaven (aka squirrel hell)

Jasmin Palmer : omg, I'm in TEARS. I had to pause the video and take a break and when I came back I still couldn't hold the tears back. So sweet!

Nastrael Rowe : I'm still ashamed by it, but I couldn't cry when my childhood dog died. It's not that I didn't love him, I did; more than I can say. I can still remember my moments with him more vividly than with anyone or anything else. The rainy day that we got him as a puppy, only a week old, from our neighbor across the street and my dad hurrying back to the house with him tucked in his leather jacket to keep him dry. How he hated loud noises like sirens and fireworks; so much that he'd consistently tunnel his way out of the yard every 4th of July to escape the sound. The time he peed on our neighbor's leg as he went to the bathroom. Whenever we'd wash him in the tub, which he hated, and how every time he'd immediately rush under the back porch and get dirty again. How when my dad got back from a house-cleaning with a huge bucket filled with old wine that we dumped most of in the backyard and him lapping it up and getting absolutely wasted. Taking him for hikes at our local park/nature reserve and how he would trot off ahead, but always turn back to make sure we were still following. How he loved rocks more than balls and bones so much that we'd bring some home from the beach that we thought he'd like. The time I accidently fell off my bed as I was sleeping, only to wake mid fall and landing right on top of him. And how he would rub up against the bushes in the yard until they were bare to scratch his back. When he began to grow old and had trouble getting up the stairs, and the tell-tale "gallumph" of his paws on the steps as he struggled his way up. The time we painted those steps and he busted through the barricades we'd set up, only for him to slide all the way down leaving black paw prints on the white fronts of the steps. His eyes slowly glazing over with cataracts as his vision faded and the hard feeling of the tumors behind his legs that contrasted so sharply with his soft, cornchip scented ears. And finally when living became too painful for the arthritis and thr cancer. Him sprawled out on the mat just inside the back door, with my Mom petting him, silent tears rolling down her cheeks, even after he had passed. He was such a handsome, clumsy fool. He had the build of a Golden Lab and the coat of a German Shepard. He was my best friend and I loved him to bits, but the one time I should have cried for him, I couldn't and I still can't. Even now the tears build and build whenever I think of him, but they won't come out. And I am ashamed.

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.

Dotto : 5:47 excuse me while i go die over here.

Broth : Dog were, still are, and hopefully will remain to be, the best things to have existed ever.

Queen Dedede : Me: I am prepared for the sadness of these readings , I'll be strong *Finished first three Me: okay I'm tearing up a lil but it should be over *He keeps reading more Me: *throat starts feeling tight* okay just a few more *He keeps reading Me: *tears rolling down my face...

Mikey Brokie : oh man that last passage tho 😭

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

Deception Ception : Men best friend since 30k BC.

TehZee : ...This is probably the most connected I've ever felt to anyone that long ago... They felt the loss of their beloved companions no differently than I have..

Charlus J_S : I shall name my dog 'And Spot'. So majestic.

TheCucuyo9779 : I thought I could keep it together through the epithets, but...nope. I'm a wreck right now. My dog passed about a year ago now, but I can still recall sobbing over his lifeless body. It's weird to think of people from thousands of years ago crying over a dog like I did. I really honestly thought that it was only recently, within the past couple centuries, that we as a species began to view pets as beloved partners rather than useful commodities only a step above livestock. From the epithets, it is clear to me now that's not the case. These people truly loved their dogs and were utterly heartbroken by their passing. Thank you for sharing this.

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...