Saturday, 2 May 2009

cave canem/ beware of the dog

rampant regardant, rampant guardant, rampant, passant guardant, statant with tail extended, statant guardant, passant, dormant, couchant, sejant, sejant affronte erect, sejant erect.

House of the Tragic Poet

Upon entering the vestibule of one of the disinterred houses of Pompeii the visitor starts at a large black dog, his chain attached to a spiked collar, in act apparently of fiercely springing upon him. It is a life-like mosaic worked into the pavement. Under it appears the words


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