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The Evolution of the Sea Serpent: From Hippocamp to Cadborosaurus

Daniel Loxton and Donald R. Prothero

in Abominable Science!: Origins of the Yeti, Nessie, and Other Famous Cryptids

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231153201
eISBN:
9780231526814
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231153201.003.0005
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This chapter discusses the existence of sea serpents. The seas of the ancient imagination swarmed with a teeming variety of powerful, malevolent monsters. Many were inspired by true-life animals ... More


Fasting (Cath. 7)

Gerard O'Daly

in Days Linked by Song: Prudentius' Cathemerinon

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780199263950
eISBN:
9780191741364
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199263950.003.0008
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval, Poetry and Poets: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter discusses the poem's themes: the hygiene, discipline, and the spiritual benefits of fasting; the satirical treatment of excessive indulgence; the influence of diatribe; biblical examples ... More


Fights with Kētē, Sea-Serpents

Daniel Ogden

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

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199557325
eISBN:
9780191745997
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199557325.003.0004
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval, Archaeology: Classical

Chapter 3 turns to the drakontes’ marine cousins, the kētē or ‘sea serpents.’ These present a methodological difficulty for us insofar as, despite their serpentine nature, the term drakōn is seldom ... More


The Voyage of Saint Brendan

Philip Freeman

in The World of Saint Patrick

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
June 2014
ISBN:
9780199372584
eISBN:
9780199372614
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199372584.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

The tale of Saint Brendan and his band of monks sailing the ocean in search of a paradise promised to Christians was one of the most popular stories of medieval times and is still a favorite of ... More


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