HISTORY OF THE CAT IN THE DARK AGES (PART 2)

CATS AND SAINTS During the Dark Ages the cat, not yet completely reviled, still had its admirers even amongst those closest to the church.  As the contest between Christianity and Paganism raged, St. Gertrude of Nivelles in 640 became known for her benevolence towards cats.  Most often pictured with rats and mice at her feet, […]

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 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 […]

MAN’S EARLIEST RELATIONSHIP WITH CATS: DOMESTICATION

CAT DOMESTICATION If you prefer to listen to the post, then scroll down.      Some scholars believe that based on evidence of terracotta and clay cat figurines found in Syria, Turkey and Israel that the cat’s domestication began in the Fertile Crescent, the cradle of civilization, some 10,000 years ago. Other proof, dating back […]

ALL 40 BREEDS OF DOMESTIC CAT DESCEND FROM FELIS SILVESTRIS LIBYCA

FELIS SILVESTRIS LIBYCA If you prefer to listen, just scroll down.      All of the world’s approximate 600 million domesticated cats belonging to approximately 40 different breeds are descendants of the Near Eastern Wildcat, also known as the African Wildcat or Felis Silvestris Libyca. The 37 species of cats living today belong to the […]

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