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New dog, old tricks

Sometime in the 6th century BCE, an unknown Athenian, or perhaps the city itself, dedicated the statue of a hunting dog to the Acropolis, in front of the Sanctuary of Artemis, goddess of the hunt, which was near the Parthenon. The dog stood there until the Acropolis monuments were destroyed by the Persians, in 480 BCE.

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Twenty-six centuries later, another dog stands guard, on his own, improvised pedestal, at the Sanctuary of Athena Pronaia, in Delphi.

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These photos inspire me to talk more about animals in archaeological sites, both in antiquity (there were plenty) and today. Perhaps in a future article…

5 comments on “New dog, old tricks

  1. Do you know where I can buy a copy of the (old Athenian) hunting dog? I have a postcard of it from the Athens Museum but would like to be able to see it in 3D again. I’m not well versed in art, but the stealthy movement portrayed in the sculpture really impressed me.

    Thanks,

    Phil

    • Dear Phil,
      Hi and sorry for being so late to answer – I only just saw this.
      It is relatively easy to find scaled-down copies of the most popular sculptures (think Venus, Jupiter, etc) but I’m afraid this one, though exquisite, hasn’t caught the eye of the public. I don’t remember seeing it in any of the usual museum or souvenir shops, but then again I haven’t been looking that closely. Let me ask around and I’ll get back to you.

      • Ευχαριστώ, Aristotle. I hope you have better luck than I.

        Phil

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