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Dog + Man: From The Odyssey to Beginners

Posted May 23, 2011 to photo album "Dog + Man: From The Odyssey to Beginners"

In Beginners, the dog Arthur and the human Oliver create an emotional bond that echoes back all the way to Homer.

Arthur + Oliver
Argos + Odysseus
Peritas + Alexander the Great
Gelert + Llywelyn
Guinefort + his Knight
Donnchadh + Robert the Bruce
Urian + Cardinal Wolsey
Pompey + William the Silent
Luath + Robert Burns
Boatswain + Lord Byron
Fortune + Josephine
Lauro + Napoleon
Seaman + Meriwether Lewis
Flush + Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Greyfriars Bobby + John Gray
Balto + Gunnar Kaasen
Hachiko + Hidesaburo Ueno
Fortune + Josephine

Fortune + Josephine

Josephine and the Fortune-Teller (1837) by David Wilkie

Josephine entered her marriage to Napoleon Bonaparte with a pug named Fortune. In 1796, when they got married, Napoleon reportedly refused to let the pug come up on their marriage bed, so the pug bit emperor on the leg. Josephine supposedly said that if the dog was not allowed to stay in the bed at night, then neither would she. So the three of them slept together.  Perhaps as a harbinger of Bonaparte’s own political fortune, the little pug that conquered Napoleon was later killed in a scuffle with the chef’s English bulldog.