Dogs in the Athenian Agora [Paperback]

Colin M. Whiting (Author)

ISBN: 9780876616468 | Published by: American School of Classical Studies at Athens | Series: Agora Picture Book | Volume: 28 | Year of Publication: 2022 | Language: English 44p, H216 x W140 (mm) 50 color figs.

Dogs in the Athenian Agora


In this book, readers are shown how dogs fit into ancient Greek society with material from the last 90 years of excavations at the Athenian Agora by the American School of Classical Studies at Athens. Topics range from how ancient Greeks hunted with dogs and what they considered a proper dog’s name to the excavation of tender burials in the Agora and the sacrifice of dogs to the gods of the underworld. Mythological dogs like the three-headed Kerberos appear, as do the pawprints that very real dogs left behind more than a thousand years ago. Dozens of illustrations of pottery, sculpture, and excavated remains enliven the text. Anyone curious about dogs in antiquity and how they relate to dogs in the present day will be sure to find interesting material in this portable, affordable text.

Reviews & Quotes

"The volume is a welcome contribution to studies on the presence and influence of animals on urban and conceptual landscapes, and social history. The Agora booklets are valuable for their ability to reach wider audiences and are well positioned to enhance general knowledge around the diversity of the evidence and how it attests to varying experiences of ancient Athenians and the animals they shared their lives with."
Alyce R. Cannon
The Classical Review (30/11/2022)

"These well-illustrated booklets offer clear, accessible introductions to archaeology and are the sort of source always popular with school or college students beginning to explore a research topic."
Shelley Hales
Greece & Rome (30/11/2022)

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