About

This site is run by me, Daniel Ogden, Professor of Ancient History in the University of Exeter. I had splendid help in getting the initial bulk  of material mounted from Matilda Chapman, who worked with me through our university’s internship scheme.  The starting-point is the texts collected for my three books on the ancient and medieval dragon:

  • Ogden, D. 2013. Drakōn: Dragon Myth and Serpent Cult in the Greek and Roman World. OUP: Oxford.
  • Ogden, D. 2013. Dragons, Serpents and Slayers in the Classical and Early Christian Worlds: A Sourcebook. OUP USA: New York.
  • Ogden, D. (forthcoming) The Dragon in the West. OUP: Oxford.

The texts on the Classical Dragon tab are (for the most part) supplied only in their original Greek or Latin forms and without translations (mine or others’): this is to avoid compromising OUP’s copyright in relation to the Dragons, Serpents and Slayers book.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is a broader selection of my books, many of which deal with other aspects of traditional narratives, and of the fantastical, in the ancient world:

       

 Greek Bastardy in the Classical and Hellenistic Periods (1996)

The Crooked Kings of Ancient Greece (1997)  Athlone History of Witchcraft and Magic in Europe. Vol. 2. (1999) Polygamy, Prostitutes and Death. The Hellenistic Dynasties (1999)
       
 Greek and Roman Necromancy (2001)  Magic, witchcraft and ghosts in the Greek and Roman worlds (2002) The Hellenistic World. New Perspectives (2002)

 Aristomenes of Messene. Legends of Sparta’s Nemesis (2003)

       

Bruxaria e Magia na Europa: Grécia Antiga e Roma.(2004)

A Companion to Greek Religion (2007) In Search of the Sorcerer’s Apprentice (2007)

Perseus (2008)

       

Night’s Black Agents (2008)

 

Magic, witchcraft and ghosts in the Greek and Roman worlds. Second ed.(2009) Nekromantie: Das antike Wissen über die Totenbeschwörung durch Magie (2010)

 

Philip II and Alexander the Great: Father and Son, Lives and Afterlives (2010)

       

 Alexander the Great: Myth, Genesis and Sexuality (2011)

Archaia hellenike kai romaike nekromanteia (2011) Drakon: Dragon Myth and Serpent Cult in the Greek and Roman Worlds (2013)

 Dragons, Serpents and Slayers in the Classical and Early Christian Worlds (2013)

 The Legend of Seleucus (2017)

The Werewolf in the Ancient World (2021) The Strix-Witch (2021) Gretchiskaya i Rimskaya Nekromantiya  (2021)
   
The Oxford Handbook of Heracles (2021) The Dragon in the West (2021)  The Cambridge Companion to Alexander the Great