Pliny the Elder and Dragons

Pliny the Elder wrote About Dragons

Gaius Plinius Secundus, better known as Pliny the Elder, was an author, naturalist, and natural philosopher as well as a naval and army commander of the early Roman Empire. He lived from 23 A.D to 79 A.D. He spent most of his time studying, writing or investigating natural and geographic phenomena in the field. He wrote an encyclopedic work, Naturalis Historia, or Natural History.

picture of Pliny the Elder

Natural History, consists of 37 books covering mathematics, geography, anthropology, zoology, botany, agriculture, pharmacology, mineralogy, and much more.

In Book Eight of Natural History, we find some fairly detailed information about "dragons." Book Eight also contains information about Crocodiles, Serpents, and other reptiles, ruling out these as candidates for the dragon. From the reading, It could be that the "dragons" mentioned here meant the largest of all snakes, the size of which is now extinct or are very rare today. The following are quotes from Book Eight: Chapters XI, XII, & XIII, XVII. (source document: Book Eight of Natural History.)

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Book Eight: Chap. XI: "Elephants breed in that part of Affricke which lyeth beyond the deserts....India bringeth fouth the biggest: as also the dragons that are continually at variance with them, and evermore fighting, and those of such greatnesse, that they can easily claspe and wind round about the Elephants, and withall tye them fast with a knot. In this conflict they die, both the one and the other:"

"the Elephant hee falls downe dead as conquered, and with his heavie weight crusheth and squeaseth the dragon that his wound and wreathed about him."

Chapter XII: "...the dragons ware hereof, entangle and snarle his feet and legges first with their taile: the Elephants on the other side, undoe those knots wiht their trunke as with a hand....the principall thing the dragons make at is the eye...Now these dragons are so big withall, that they be able to receive all the Elephants bloud. Thus they are sucked drie, untill they fall down dead..."

Chapter XIII: "In Ethyopia there be as great dragons bred, as in India, namely twentie cubits long.(approx. 30 feet)

Also noted in chapter XIIII is the following interesting quote:

"Megasthenes writeth, that there be serpents among the Indians to that bignesse, that they are able to swallow stags or buls all whole....Attilius Regulaus, generall under the Romanes, during the warres against the Carthaginians, assailed a Serpent neere the river Bagrada, which caried in length 120 foot..."

Book Eight of Natural History. Check out the source material yourself. Go to the link, cut and paste Book Eight into a Word document, save it, and then use the find function to search the word "dragon."

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