Cat Poems – Agathias 550AD

Agathias wrote the first poem about a cat in history.  Born in 530AD in Asia Minor, in today’s Turkey, he was known as a poet and a historian of the reign of the Byzantine Roman emperor Justinian I between 552 and 558.     In this poem written in 550AD Agathias mentions a ravenous cat attacking one of his beloved […]

HISTORY OF THE CAT IN THE MIDDLE AGES (PART 9)

Petrarch and his Cat: There is no record of Francesco Petrarca, also known as Petrarch, (1304-1374) writing about his cat.  Even so, this great poet Laureate of Rome, and the creator of the term ‘Dark Ages’, was known to have loved his cat so much that he had it mummified  after its death and placed […]

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 […]