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Drakōn: Dragon Myth and Serpent Cult in the Greek and Roman Worlds

Daniel Ogden


Drakōn is the first substantial survey in any language of the Graeco-Roman reflex of the dragon or the supernatural serpent, the drakōn or draco. Yet dragons were all-pervasive in both cultures: almost every major myth cycle of the Greek and Roman worlds featured a dragon-fight at its heart, including the sagas of Heracles, Jason, Perseus, Cadmus, and Odysseus. And Asclepius, the single most beloved and influential of the pagan gods from the late Classical period until Late Antiquity, was often manifest as a giant serpent, and carried a serpent on his staff even in his humanoid as ... More

Keywords: dragon, serpent, snake, slayer, myth, cult, Greece, Rome

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199557325
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199557325.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Daniel Ogden, author
Professor of Ancient History, University of Exeter, and Research Fellow, University of South Africa