Was There a Taboo on Killing Wolves in Rome?
Rissanen, M. (2014). Was There a Taboo on Killing Wolves in Rome?. Quaderni Urbinati di Cultura Classica, 107(2), 125-147.
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The treatment given to wolves differed from the treatment meted out to other large predators. The Romans generally seem to have refrained from intentionally harming wolves. For instance, they were not hunted for pleasure (but only in order to protect herds that were out at pasture), and not displayed in the venationes, either. The special status of the wolf was not based on national ideology, but rather was connected to the religious importance of the wolf to the Romans.