THE ROMAN CAT (PART 3)

The Death of Paganism and the Downfall of the Cat – Roman Cat History The foundation of our fair feline being reviled throughout most of the rest of history lies in the final years of the Roman Empire and the rise of Christianity. With Theodosius’ rule from 379-395 AD, Christians gained more rights, and Paganism […]

THE ROMAN CAT (Part 2)

ROMAN CAT HISTORY   The Roman Cat Accompanied Roman Legions In war the cat accompanied Roman legions emblazoned upon their shields and flags (Simpson, 1903).  “The company of soldiers, Ordines Augustei, who marched under the command of the Colonel of Infantry, sub Magistro peditum, bore on their ‘white’ or ‘silver’ shield, with a light green […]

THE ROMAN CAT (Part 1)

The Roman character was even less inclined than the Greek to truly appreciate the cat’s positive attributes.  The very traits of duty, obedience and loyalty that the Romans highly prized were quite obviously non-existent in the domestic cat.  In contrast, though, by its very nature, “the (Roman) cat represented freedom, independence, and autonomy” (Engels, 2001) […]

THE CAT IN ANCIENT GREECE

The cat made its way to the shores of ancient Greece in several ways.  First, the Greeks and Phoenicians traded scarabs and amulets with the ancient Egyptians, particularly in Egypt’s delta region near the ancient Hyksos capital of Avaris or modern day Tell el Daba (Turcan, 1996). And it stands to reason that cats were […]

THE ETRUSCAN CAT

ETRUSCAN CAT HISTORY   The Phoenicians most probably introduced the Egyptian domestic cat to the Etruscans, as there is evidence of the Phoenician trade in Etruscan tombs located in the area of Civeta Castellani  (Hamilton, 1896).  Pictured on many of these tombs walls, the vermin killing domestic cat was familiar to early Etruscans.  On one of […]

THE MYCENAEAN CAT

MYCENAEAN CAT HISTORY   The Mycenaean civilization lasted a mere 500 years ending abruptly due to infighting, the invasion of the Dorians, or an invasion of the “Sea People”.  Primarily warriors, the Mycenaeans enlarged their empire by conquest rather than by trade, as the Minoans had, and inhabited what is today the whole of the […]

THE MINOAN CAT

MINOAN CAT HISTORY Although ancient Egyptians forbid the export of their beloved cats, determined smugglers stole the prized and worshipped animals to trade or sell.  In an effort to reclaim the kidnapped beasts, the ancient Egyptians dispatched whole armies to repatriate them, and in some cases emissaries were even given the duty to buy them […]

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