I love dogs. I also visit Wikipedia on a daily basis. Today’s “featured article” (8 November 2012) describes Abuwtiyuw, one of the earliest named animals in history. Abuwtiyuw was an Egyptian royal guard dog or hunting dog much beloved of his owner, a Sixth Dynasty (2345-2181 BC) pharaoh who honored his dog’s life with an elaborate funeral.
Here’s what drew my interest–no one knows the name of the pharaoh. His dog: famous among historians of ancient Egypt, famous among dog lovers, famous among Wikipedia buffs. The pharaoh: unknown. This man led one of the most advanced nations of the era and ranked among the most powerful individuals in the world during his lifetime; one can even argue that he might have been one of the most powerful individuals in the world during the entire millennium in which he lived.
We have no idea who the heck he is.
We will remember the dog Abuwtiyuw forever; his pet human the pharaoh, not so much.
Vonn Scott Bair