Dogs

Dogs are believed to be the earliest creature to be domesticated by humans with evidence suggesting their domestication to be from at least as early as 1000BC. The intimate relationship of dogs and humans is such that they have been depicted in a variety of forms. The Ancient Greeks and Romans favoured dogs as pets, for hunting and the Romans employed them in war, as in many cultures they were valued for their faithfulness and courage. In Ancient Egypt the dog is represented in the god Anubis: Originally lord of the underworld before this role was taken over by Osiris, Anubis’s role later became frequently depicted was a god of embalming and as a psychopomp as well as conducting the weighing of the heart of the dead, the result of which would determine either the souls journey to paradise or consumption by the demon Ammit.