Dog Days on the Prairie

The ancient Romans described ‘Dog Days as: “A time when the seas boiled, wine turned sour, dogs grew mad and all creatures became languid, causing to man burning fevers, hysterics and frenzy. The evil time coincided with the appearance of the Dog Star, Sirius, when it rose just at dawn, and believing the Dog Star responsible for the madness, the Romans made sacrifices to Sirius thinking it would appease his displeasure.” (‘Clavis Calendarium’ by J. Brady, 1813)

In current times, ‘Dog Days’ is defined as a time or event that is very hot or stagnant, and marked by a dull lack of progress. The position of the stars has changed since the ancient Romans, so we cannot be sure when they experienced their period of lunacy, but on the prairie all days are dog days; hysterical and frenzied. It appears the only difference between the ancient Romans and the modern day prairie dweller is the prairie dwellers do not make sacrifices, human or otherwise.

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