Tile - "Cave Canem" cm 15x15 in Botticino marble
A Museum-shop's production.
Floor mosaic "Cave Canem" : the image was found in Pompeii's House of the Tragic Poet; this is probably the first documented "Beware the dog" sign in history.
from "Satyricon" (26-66 AC):
"..... Trimalchio; who at they went on, kept close to his ear with a flagellet as if he had whispered him, and made him musick all the way.
Wondering, we followed, and, with Agamemnon, came to the gate, on which hung a tablet with this inscription:
What ever Servant goes forth without his master’s command, he shall receive a hundred stripes.
In the porch stood the porter in a green livery, girt about with a cherry-coloured girdle, garbling of pease in a silver charger; andover head hung a golden cage with a magpye in it, which gave us an AllHail as we entred: But while I was gaping at these things, I had liketo have broken my neck backward, for on the left hand, not far from the porter's lodge, there was a great dog in a chain painted on the wall, and over him written in capital letters, BEWARE THE DOG. My companions could not forbear laughing…"
author: Petronius Arbiter (26-66 AC)