Today's modern economy allows those with resources to lavish love and attention on their pets. In 2017, the pet industry represented $96 billion in sales in the US alone. Countless hours are spent calming our anxiety by watching cute cat videos. Is this behavior so new and modern? In this episode, Lesley explores the ancient world and three case studies when an adored pet was lavished with unparalleled praise and opportunity -- our animals have always had a special meaning in our hearts.
Benjamin Arbuckle and Sue Ann McCarty, Animals and Inequality in the Ancient World. University Press of Colorado: 2015
Arthur Hugh Clough and John Dryden. Plutarch's Lives, Vol II. Modern Library: 2001
G. Daux, "Epitaphe métrique d'un jeune porc, victime d'un accident," Bulletin de correspondance hellénique Number 94 (1970), 609-618
Bill Thayer, translator. "The Parallel Lives by Plutarch" Loeb Classical Library edition, Volume VIII (1919). Retrieved from
Music: "Evening Melodrama" by Kevin Macleod (www.incompetech.com)