Video #19: Dogs in Ancient Athens with Colin Whiting

Photograph of Colin Whiting
Dr. Colin M. Whiting

In the nineteenth installment of the Peopling the Past video series, we are joined by Dr. Colin Whiting who discusses dogs in ancient Athens, including household pets and working dogs, and how the Greeks spoke about and treated their canine friends.

Colin M. Whiting earned a PhD in history at UC Riverside in 2015. For several years, he worked in the Publications Department at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, and he now serves at Dumbarton Oaks as Managing Editor of Byzantine Studies and Editor of Dumbarton Oaks Papers.

Colin M. Whiting.  Dogs in the Athenian Agora. 2022.Agora Picture Book 28.  Princeton: American School of Classical Studies at Athens. 

A Descriptive Transcript for this video can be found HERE

Further Reading

Anderson, J.K. 1985.  Hunting in the Ancient World. Berkeley: University of California Press. 

Campbell, G.L., ed. 2014.  The Oxford Handbook of Animals in Classical Thought and Life. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 

Franco, C. 2014.  Shameless: The Canine and the Feminine in Ancient Greece. Trans. M. Fox. Berkeley: University of California Press. 

Liston, M.A., S.I. Rotroff, and L.M. Snyder. 2018. The Agora Bone Well.  Hesperia Suppl. 50. Princeton: American School of Classical Studies at Athens. 

MacKinnon, M. 2014. “Animals, Economics, and Culture in the Athenian Agora: Comparative Zooarchaeological Investigations.”  Hesperia 83: 189–255. 

Trantalidou, K. 2006. “Companions from the Oldest Times: Dogs in Ancient Greek Literature, Iconography, and Osteological Testimony.” In Dogs and People in Social, Working, Economic, or Symbolic Interaction. Proceedings of the 9th Conference of the International Council of Archaeozoology, Durham, August 2002, ed. L. M. Snyder and E. A. Moore, 96–120. Oxford: Oxbow. 

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