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The Dogs of War

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Interesting stuff. Reading Wikipedia (source of a lot of misinformation), I see that the Neapolitan Mastiff is a close relative. Not a cute and cuddly looking pet, I must say.




guy also known as gaius


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It is interesting that the Romans so rarely refer to dogs used for military purposes. partly one imagines this was because they were animals thus a lesser breed than soldiers, but a useful animal is surely going to get attention sooner or later. After all, mules and horses are frequently mentioned, the latter especially so for obvious reasons. But dogs? Their part in warfare appears marginal and infrequent to say the least.

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