Classicists Name Their Pets

detail from Jacques-Louis David, “Farewell of Telemachus and Eucharis” (1818)

People who study Ancient Greece and Rome professionally (AKA Classicists) aren’t just in it for the money and the easy hours. For the vast majority of us, our interest in classical antiquity borders on the obsessive. As a result, we often find that our professional and personal lives entwine, as tends to happen when you devote yourself to “doing what you love and loving what you do.” This classics love manifests in lots of ways: classically-themed baked goods, suitcases of books that join family vacations, museum-based weddings — and classically-named pets. If a classicist owns a pet, by my calculations there is a greater than 50% chance that the pet’s name will be related in some way to classical antiquity.

But you don’t have to take my word for it …

Nero
Mini (Minerva)
Iris
Kypris
Romulus and Remus
Cleopatra and Remus (RIP Romulus)
Messalina
The High Priestess Enheduana McDogface
Clio
Euclid
Juniperi gravis umbra (aka “Juniper”) and gemma, gemmae (aka Gemma)
Camilla and her kittens (Nyx, Numidia, Nero, Numa, and Naea)

Not Pictured:

Liggy (>Caligula): black cat with white paws
Caesar and Augustus: dogs
Alcibiades: betta fish (or is it beta fish, haha)
Sappho: cat
October (4th decl., f.): cat
Xerxes: Persian cat (natch)
Sirius: Dog

Sarah Scullin has 3 cats (Stewart, Simon, and Lilah) and 31 fish (her 5 year old assures her they all have names, but for some reason she can’t seem to remember them all)