The NY Times had an interesting article this past Thursday. It was about how stray dogs have multiplied among the ruins in Pompeii, Italy. An adoption program was started last November, and so far 22 have found homes. The dogs are given ancient Roman names such as Sallustius, Diomedes, and Mulvia.
I can attest to the many strays at Pompeii. In July of 2006 I visited the site and was struck by the number of dogs wandering around the ancient streets. Some became the unofficial mascots of the archaeology students working there. If you look closely at a shot I took, you’ll see one of these dogs making itself at home among the students.