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Daniel Ogden is Professor of Ancient History at the University of Exeter, UK and Research Fellow in UNISA (University of South Africa). He is the author of numerous books on the ancient world, including another sourcebook, Magic, Witchcraft and Ghosts in the Greek and Roman Worlds (2nd ed., OUP USA, 2009) and the authoritative treatment of the dragon in antiquity, Drakon: Dragon Myth and Serpent Cult in the Greek and Roman Worlds (forthcoming OUP 2013).
Table of Contents
List of Figures
Quick Key to Some Special Terms and Conventions Used in this Book
Schema of motifs
PART ONE: THE CLASSICAL DRAGON
i. The Genealogy of the Great Dragons
ii. Typhon, Slain by Zeus
iii. Python, Slain by Apollo
iv. Heracles' Dragons (i): Baby Heracles and the Dragon-pair Sent by Hera
v. Heracles' Dragons (ii): the Hydra
vi. Heracles' Dragons (iii): Ladon, the Dragon of the Hesperides
vii. Heracles' Dragons (iv): Cerberus, the Hound of Hades
viii. The Chimaera, Slain by Bellerophon
ix. Medusa, Slain by Perseus
x. Lamia, Slain by Eurybatus and Others
xi. The Dragon of Ares, Slain by Cadmus
xii. The Dragon of Nemea, Slain by the Seven against Thebes
xiii. The Dragon of Colchis, Slain or Put to Sleep by Jason and Medea
xiv. The Dragon-pair Sent against Laocoon and his Sons
xv. The Dragon of the River Bagrada, Slain by Regulus and his Army
xvi. Some Unique Dragon-slaying and Dragon-averting Narratives in Later Greek Sources
xvii. The Sea-monster of Troy, Slain by Heracles
xviii. The Sea-Serpent of Ethiopia, Slain by Perseus
xix. Scylla, Slain by Heracles and Encountered by Odysseus
PART TWO: THE CHRISTIAN DRAGON
xx. The Serpents of the Bible and its Apocrypha
xxi. The Dragons of the Early Hagiographical Tradition
xxii. St Philip, the Echidna and the Ophianoi
xxiii. St Silvester and the Dragon of Rome
xxiv. Saintly Tales Originating between the Fourth and Sixth Centuries AD
xxv. Saintly Tales of the Central Medieval Period
xxvi. St Patrick and St George
Appendix A: World-foundational Dragon-slaying Tales from the Ancient Near East and India
Appendix B: Germanic Dragon fights of the eighth to thirteenth centuries AD
Appendix C: A Selection of Dragon- and Serpent-slaying Tales of Folkloric Interest
List of Editions Used