Look! "Beware of Dog" Mosaics from Pompeii

Look! "Beware of Dog" Mosaics from Pompeii

Rachael Grad
Apr 6, 2009

Having a dog to keep your home safe is an ancient alarm system. "Beware of Dog" signs have also been used to protect homes for centuries — regardless of whether the home actually has a dog. Beautiful mosaics were brought to our attention at the inspiring exhibition "Pompeii and the Roman Villa" that recently closed at the National Gallery of Art in DC. A mosaic like the one shown here was common in Pompeian homes as a humorous "no trespassing" sign. Do you think such signs worked to protect homes, either today or in the past? More beautiful dog mosaics, artwork, and info below the jump...

Pompeian dog mosaics often included the words "Cave Canem," which means "Beware the Dog" in Latin.

For more ancient mosaics featuring guard dogs, click here. Do you know of any good "Beware of Dog" resources or products? Do you have one at home?

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