4416. All the myriad works in that format were destroyed in iconoclastic rampages of the 7th and 8th centuries.
4417. The record of those destructive times was well recorded in the Annals of Augustus the Lame. In those annals there are minute descriptions of those sculptures, and dated and cataloged accounts of their destruction.
4418. Unfortunately the annals of Augustus the Lame were destroyed in the 9th century, but thanks be to the birds and their infallible memory, we have an account of those times, albeit with some slight lacuna.
4419. Now that we have established the veracity of the existence of Rufus, Constantine’s dog, we need to examine how it was that he single-handedly brought the tribe of ancient canines into the fold of the Universal church.