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« Reply #825 on: March 27, 2010, 06:30:39 pm »

latter an opportunity of striking him in the softer parts of the neck. At last both fell together, the knight being exhausted by the fatigue of the conflict, or by mephitic exhalations. The slaves, according to instruction, rushed forward, dragged off the monster from their master, and fetched water in their caps to restore him; after which he mounted his horse and returned in triumph to the city, where he was at first ungratefully received, but afterwards rewarded with

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« Reply #826 on: March 27, 2010, 07:58:24 pm »



That stone or fisrt large rocky area, looks like a face?
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« Reply #827 on: March 27, 2010, 08:06:24 pm »

I suppose a little bit, Keith.  Of course, you can't read too much into an engraving, I guess it is supposed to be a pic of a guy with his dragon..?
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« Reply #828 on: March 27, 2010, 08:07:05 pm »

the highest ranks of the order, and created magistrate of the province. *

Kircher had a very pious belief in dragons. He says: "Since monstrous animals of this kind for the most part select their lairs and breeding-places in subterraneous caverns, I have considered it proper to include them under the head of subterraneous beasts. I am aware that two kinds of this animal have been distinguished by authors, the one with, the other without, wings. No one either can
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« Reply #829 on: March 27, 2010, 08:07:14 pm »

or ought to doubt concerning the latter kind of creature, unless perchance he dares to contradict the Holy Scripture, for it would be an impious thing to say it when Daniel makes mention of the divine worship accorded to the dragon Bel by the Babylonians, and after the mention of the dragon made in other parts of the sacred writings."
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« Reply #830 on: March 27, 2010, 08:07:28 pm »

Harris, in his Collection of Voyages, † gives a singular resume. He says:—“We have, in an ancient author, a very large and circumstantial account of the taking of a dragon on the frontiers of Ethiopia, which was one and twenty feet in length, and was carried to Ptolemy Philadelphus, who very bountifully rewarded such as ran the hazard of procuring him this beast.—Diodorus Siculus, lib. iii. . . . Yet terrible as
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« Reply #831 on: March 27, 2010, 08:08:01 pm »

these were they fall abundantly short of monsters of the same species in India, with respect to which St. Ambrose ‡ tells us that there were dragons seen in the neighbourhood of the Ganges nearly seventy cubits in length. It was one of this size that Alexander and his army saw in a cave, where it was fed, either out of reverence or from curiosity, by the inhabitants; and the first lightning of its

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« Reply #832 on: March 27, 2010, 08:08:09 pm »

eyes, together with its terrible hissing, made a strong impression on the Macedonians, who, with all their courage, could not help being frighted at so horrid a spectacle. * The dragon is nothing more than a serpent of enormous size; and they formerly distinguished three sorts of them in the Indies, viz. such as were found in the mountains, such as were bred in caves or in the flat country, and such as were found in fens and marshes.
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« Reply #833 on: March 27, 2010, 08:08:26 pm »

“The first is the largest of all, and are covered with scales as resplendent as polished gold. †These have a kind of beard hanging from their lower jaw, their eyebrows large, and very exactly arched; their aspect the most frightful that can be imagined, and their cry loud and shrill; ‡ their crests of a bright yellow, and a protuberance on their heads of the colour of a burning coal.
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« Reply #834 on: March 27, 2010, 08:08:39 pm »

“Those of the flat country differ from the former in nothing but in having their scales of a silver colour, § and in their frequenting rivers, to which the former never come.

“Those that live in marshes and fens are of a dark colour, approaching to a black,
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« Reply #835 on: March 27, 2010, 08:08:59 pm »

move slowly, have no crest, or any rising upon their heads. ** Strabo says that the painting them with wings is the effect of fancy, and directly contrary to truth, but other naturalists and travellers both ancient and modern affirm that there are some of these species winged. ¶

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« Reply #836 on: March 27, 2010, 08:09:23 pm »

Pliny says their bite is not venomous, other authors deny this. Pliny gives a long catalogue of medical and magical properties, which he ascribes to the skin, flesh, bones, eyes, and teeth of the dragon, also a valuable stone in its head. ‘They hung before the mouth of the dragon den a piece of stuff flowered with gold, which attracted the eyes of the beast, till by the sound of soft music they lulled him to sleep, and then cut off his head.’”
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« Reply #837 on: March 27, 2010, 08:09:32 pm »

Pliny says their bite is not venomous, other authors deny this. Pliny gives a long catalogue of medical and magical properties, which he ascribes to the skin, flesh, bones, eyes, and teeth of the dragon, also a valuable stone in its head. ‘They hung before the mouth of the dragon den a piece of stuff flowered with gold, which attracted the eyes of the beast, till by the sound of soft music they lulled him to sleep, and then cut off his head.’”
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« Reply #838 on: March 27, 2010, 08:10:13 pm »

Pliny says their bite is not venomous, other authors deny this. Pliny gives a long catalogue of medical and magical properties, which he ascribes to the skin, flesh, bones, eyes, and teeth of the dragon, also a valuable stone in its head. ‘They hung before the mouth of the dragon den a piece of stuff flowered with gold, which attracted the eyes of the beast, till by the sound of soft music they lulled him to sleep, and then cut off his head.’”
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« Reply #839 on: March 27, 2010, 08:10:45 pm »

I do not find Harris's statement in Diodorus Siculus, the author quoted, but there is the very circumstantial description of a serpent thirty cubits (say forty-five feet) in length, which was captured alive by stratagem, the first attempt by force having resulted in the death of several of the party. This was conveyed to Ptolemy II. at Alexandria, where it was placed in a den or chamber suitable for exhibition, and became an object of general admiration. Diodorus says: "When, therefore, so
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