The cat in ancient Greece

Whereas the export of cats was Forbidden in Egypt, it seems that certain Macedonian and Phoenician merchants succeeded in importing a few contraband couples to Greece . At first, they were not considered useful auxiliaries, but pets, because the Greeks used to use weasels for rodent hunting; soon, however, the cats supplanted them in this privilege of the domestic hunt because, unlike the weasels, they did not attack the animals of the barnyard.

The only testimony that we Let's have some cat life in Ancient Greece are some quotes in the writings of Herodotus, Aristophanes and Callimachus, the pictorial decoration of a vase and a bas-relief of the Battle of Marathon (5th century BC) on which a cat is shown confronting a dog

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