Greek pets

Not surprisingly dogs were favourite pets and sometimes formed a close bond with their owner, like Odysseus’ dog Argos and the Thessalian hound Lykas commemorated in this epitaph by Simonides:

Your bones, Ο huntress Lycas, here we hide, 

White bones the wolf yet fears may hunt him down; 

Your fame still rings from Pelion’s massy side 

And lone Cithaeron’s peaks and Ossa’s crown. 

As well as dogs, there is evidence that various birds, tortoises and grasshoppers (amongst other animals) were kept as pets.


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