In prehistoric times, there used to be a dwarf elephant species in many Mediterranean islands.
They were about 1.5-2 meters high, but probably became extinct before the arrival of the first human beings
If these elephants were still alive at the arrival of the first human beings (and managed not to be made extinct by them), and they had been domesticated, I was wondering if and how it would have any meaningful impact in the development of mediterranean civilizations (Greeks, Carthaginians, Romans...).
So, my question is: for a mediterranean civilization of the Classical age, what could be the use for a dwarf elephant (if any)? Or their breeding would still be too costly compared to their utility?