Il mosaico con la scritta "cave canem" inside the House of the Tragic Poet (Pompei)

The mosaic with the inscription “Beware of the dog” inside the House of the Tragic Poet (Pompei)

The signs that read “Beware of the Dog!” They are common to many gates and doorways of today's homes, but you know where to come?

The people of Pompei They had already at that time, over two thousand years ago, used to warn visitors of the presence of a dog at home, but not limited, as today, the use of anonymous and banal signs, but using the’art.

In some Pompeian houses are large and beautiful still perfectly visible mosaics with depictions of dogs accompanied by the words “Beware of the dog“, that served, just, be alert for passers.

The most famous mosaic of this is probably what lies at the entrance House of the Tragic Poet (photo in alto), while another has no inscription, showing a little dog on a leash, It is located at the entrance of House of Orpheus (photo down); this unfortunate animal, which could be the same which possess the plaster cast, I return to speak in a specific post (Photo gives: filelleni.wordpress.com e wikipedia.org).

Mosaic depicting a dog on a leash inside the House of Orpheus (Pompei)

Mosaic depicting a dog on a leash inside the House of Orpheus (Pompei)