The Evolution of the Basilisk

  title={The Evolution of the Basilisk},
  author={R. McN. Alexander},
  journal={Greece and Rome},
  pages={170 - 181}
  • R. Alexander
  • Published 1 October 1963
  • Philosophy
  • Greece and Rome
The basilisk, or cockatrice, is no longer a familiar animal. It was, however, well known in the Middle Ages from St. Isidore's alarming account, which was very widely quoted in the bestiaries: basiliscus graece, latine interpretatur regulus, eo quod rex serpentium sit, adeo ut eum videntes fugiant, quia olfactu suo eos necat; nam et hominem vel si aspiciat interimit. siquidem et eius aspectu nulla avis volans inlaesa transit, sed quam procul sit, eius ore conbusta devoratur. a mustelis tamen… 
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