Famous Dogs of Greek Mythology

Dogs in Greek Mythology

This list highlights some interesting dogs found in Greek mythology and literature.

Argus the dog and Odysseus

Argus the dog and Odysseus

Argus - the faithful dog of Odysseus, Argus is the first to recognize Odysseus upon his return to Troy. The dog has been exiled from the house and is an amazing 20+ years old. You must read Homer’s text (Odyssey, Book 17) which is quite moving.

Cerberus - made faithful by Harry Potter, this is the three headed original watchdog “Hound of Hades.” Interestingly, his saliva is what created the first poisonous plants!

Hecuba - while not originally a dog, the gods turned Hecuba into a dog while she was snarling and cursing at Odysseus, allowing her to escape slavery – but only in the story Hecuba by Euripides.

Laelaps - the dog who always caught his prey, he was gifted to Europa by Zeus, then gifted again a couple more times. Unfortunately,Laelaps was sent to catch the Teumessian fox – which could never be caught – and Zeus grew tired of the never ending chase, turned them both to stone.

Marea - belonging to Icarus, Marea led Icarus’s daughter to his slain body buried under a tree. A star is named Marea, which rises a little before the Dog-star Sirius.

Sirius - Sirius was not originally a dog. The name comes from a Greek word meaning “glowing” or “scorcher.” It is associated with dogs because it is the brightest star of the constellation Canis Major, the “Great Dog.” Ancient Greeks also thought this star affected dogs negatively.


The Greek Food at Our Weekly Dinner

After a long day working, a Greek dinner is a welcome respite. Healthy, tasty, Greekish, eclectic assortment of tastes. Everyone cleaned their plates and the serving bowls are nearing empty. We had moussaka, cucumber salad, chicken kabobs and falafel with taziki sauce, accompanied by pita, hummus, and tabbouleh.

What do you think? Try our recipes by clicking on “more.” Next week, barbecue and “Snooker” (you must join us to find out what this is!)

Cucumber salad w/ Greek yogurt – 3-4 cucumbers peeled and sliced very thin. The sauce is about a cup and a half light sour cream (can also use yogurt), 2 Tbs dill, 1 oz cider vinegar, 1 Tbs Splenda. Mix and pour over cucumbers and let sit in refrigerator for about an hour before serving.

Moussaka. (220 calories, 5 g fat) From International Light Cuisine by Chris Borges, published by GemServ, Inc.

Moussaka Filling:

  • 4 large eggplant, peeled
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 lb ground turkey breast
  • 3 medium onions, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 6 tomatoes, peeled, seeded, finely chopped

Preheat oven to 350. Lightly coat a large baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.  Cut the eggplant into thin, round slices.  Sprinkle with 1 tsp of salt and drain on paper towels.  In a skillet, brown the turkey and onion in the olive oil.  Add the tomato and wine.  Cook over medium heat until 1/3of the moisture has been absorbed. Place the eggplant slice on a baking sheet and cover with foil.  Bake for approx. 25 -30 minutes or until tender.  Layer 1/2 of the eggplant slices, ground turkey mixture and remaining eggplant slices in the baking dish.

Moussaka Mashed Potato Topping:

  • 4 cups cubed, peeled white potatoes
  • 1 cup skim milk
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Boil water and add the potatoes.  Reduce heat to medium-high and cook, partially covered, for approximately 25-30 minutes or until tender. Drain. Return the potatoes to the pot.  Add the milk and olive oil.  Whip until creamy. Spread the topping evenly over the filling.  Increase the over temperature to 375.  Bake for 25 minutes or until the potatoes are browned and crispy on top.

Chicken & flank steak kabobs with taziki sauce – marinade meat in olive oil and Greek seasoning for 5 hours. Place on skewers and grill. Taziki: low fat yogurt; peeled, sliced and seeded cucumbers; lots of garlic; salt and pepper; a touch of lemon juice (dill optional). Let sit for 4 hours.

Casbah brand Falafel (180 calories, 5 g fat) mix made with “no oil” directions, Hummus (66 calories, 5 g fat) from Sunflower Market, and Pita bread from Garbanzos, tabbouleh, vegetable salad.

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