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Pull up your comfy chair. Grab a drink & plop your favorite pet into your lap

This thread presents “The True Story about Ancient Greek Dogs” for the 3rd Public Archaeology Twitter Conference #PATC3. I’m a zooarchaeologist, so the question is what can we learn from their bones?
The first story of an ancient Greek dog is the most famous. Homer’s tear-jerking description of Argos, the neglected hunting hound, still moves us thousands of years later

It is so easy to see ourselves and our own furry companions in this scene
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“He looks quite handsome, though it is hard to tell if he can run, or if he is a pet, a table dog, kept just for looks.”

These categories of dogs are easy to find in both ancient texts and art. Hunting hounds were commonly depicted from the Bronze Age onwards
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