Cerberus is depicted in the books as having short, light grey fur. Judging by this evidence, Cerberus is likely a Vertragus, an ancestor of modern greyhounds popular in the Empire due to its excellent hunting ability and incredible loyalty.
At the beginning of Book 1, Cerberus leaps on the kitchen table and tries to eat the food, waking up Grumio, who was sleeping on the floor. Grumio shouts at the dog, and Cerberus leaves the kitchen.
At the end of Book 1, Cerberus stays with Caecilius through the eruption of Mount Vesuvius and guards his dying master until the end.
Cerberus is named after the hellhound from Greek Mythology. In Greek mythology, Cerberus was a three-headed dog owned by Hades and Persephone, known as Pluto and Proserpina in Roman mythology. Cerberus is Greek for spotted, meaning the guardian of the underworld is named Spot. Good name.
- ↑ “Dogs in Rome and Greece.” LacusCurtius • Dionysius' Roman Antiquities - Book I Chapters 72‑90, penelope.uchicago.edu/%7Egrout/encyclopaedia_romana/miscellanea/canes/canes.html.
- ↑ “North American Cambridge Latin Course, Unit 1.” North American Cambridge Latin Course, Unit 1, by University Of Cambridge School Classics Project, Cambridge Univ Press, 2016, pp. 6.
- ↑ “North American Cambridge Latin Course, Unit 1.” North American Cambridge Latin Course, Unit 1, by University Of Cambridge School Classics Project, Cambridge Univ Press, 2016, pp. 170.