“Hic Sunt Dracones.”
Here there be dragons. Supposedly, ancient mapmakers used those words to warn of the most dangerous, unknown reaches of their worlds. Because dragons were deadly, merciless predators the warning served a caution to explorers venturing into the unknown. Certainly the original dragons were bad news in most Western myth systems. Consider:
- Satan, according to the biblical Book of Revelations, was a seven-headed red dragon with ten horns.
- The patron saint of England, St. George, battled a poison-breathing dragon who noshed on children and maidens.
- Greek myths have Jason killing a sleepless dragon to obtain the Golden Fleece.
- In Spanish (Austurian region in northern Spain) mythology,Asturian (from Asturias, a…
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