The Evolution of the Basilisk
Greece & Rome, Second series, 10:2 (October), 1963, 170-181
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The author traces the evolution of the basilisk story from ancient Latin works, concluding that it is based on the Egyptian cobra. The story is then followed through to the middle ages, with examples from medieval authors, showing how it changed because of misunderstandings.
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