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      Hi All—

      So, I'm a professor of Greek and Latin / ancient history (the field is called "Classics," but that's a horrible nondescript term). A fellow Classics friend just posted this (on Facebook), a short article about the names of dogs in ancient Greece. It's a short, and charming, read (I love Xenophon's naming advice, and note how many people stick to it consciously or not).

      Names of Dogs in Ancient Greece - Wonders Marvels

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      Cool article. Ring of fire? Yikes. Given Sunnie's antipathy toward the puppies after weaning, I think she would have just put roast puppy on the menu.
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      Yeah, the ring of fire thing—though I don't know how widely that was actually practiced—was bracing to read. But also interesting. While Greeks (and Romans) had dogs as family pets, dogs were also often valued as hunters and in battle (the famed Molossian hounds)—I wonder if that's the context of the "ring of fire" advice.

      Most of the ancient depictions of dogs look like the one in the rhyton (the drinking cup in the article): black, sleek, with either floppy ears or smaller pricked-up ears.

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      Thanks for sharing. The ring of fire thing made sense although you have to wonder what happened with the pups that were taken out last?

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      Quote Originally Posted by Jollymolly View Post
      Thanks for sharing. The ring of fire thing made sense although you have to wonder what happened with the pups that were taken out last?
      "Pet homes."

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      Interesting! So many dogs' call names today are still one or two syllables. We have an exception - Achilles. His name is a play on his primary breeds' informal name - heeler. Alas, few people get the connection to that or to the myth. His true call name, though, is Chili. Also interesting was learning that training began at what we think of as an advanced age.
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      Quote Originally Posted by Mr Kleb View Post
      Interesting! So many dogs' call names today are still one or two syllables. We have an exception - Achilles. His name is a play on his primary breeds' informal name - heeler. Alas, few people get the connection to that or to the myth. His true call name, though, is Chili. Also interesting was learning that training began at what we think of as an advanced age.
      Clever. I'm one of those folks whose lightbulbs didn't go on....

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      Quote Originally Posted by SunDance View Post
      Clever. I'm one of those folks whose lightbulbs didn't go on....
      It's pretty obscure.

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      I like one or two syllable names primarily. Three or more syllable names are a lot to yell across the yard. One of the dogs in my puppy's class is named Marconi (he's a smooth dachshund). His mother also sometimes comes to class (wire-haired dachshund). I asked the owner if his pup was named Marconi (as in Guiglielmo Marconi) because he was smooth coated and thus "wireless" (as in Mr. Marconi's invention of wireless telegraphy). The owner told me that nobody ever makes that connection. I think it is a super clever name, despite it breaking my one or two syllable rule. Of course, I notice in class that the owner shortens Marconi to "Marco" when he talks to the puppy.

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      cool! thanks for sharing.... its tough, trying to come up with a good name, i'm currently "shopping" several, and none seem to quite hit the mark...
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