Monday, December 3, 2012

Fact of the Day: Here Be Dragons

One of the oldest globes in the world; the Hunt-Lenox Globe contains a very curious phrase. On it you'll find     
HC SVNT DRACONES which means in Latin "here be dragons".

18 comments:

黄清华 Wong Ching Wah said...

Interesting !

amo said...

¿?
curious

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MEcoy said...

wow there might have been real life dragons back then

Sam Wise said...

sometimes (often!), prehistoric skeletons were considered to be dragons skeletons....

Bob Bushell said...

There are dragons, really.

Maria said...

I think people were fascinated by many unknown reptiles that either became extinct or are the present day big lizards of our times.

Adam said...

No not in the mythological sense. You can tell by the geographic errors that these guys weren't so smart. Even when they found an actual giant squid, it didn't look like the boat crushing monster depicted in fiction.

Adam said...

makes you wonder if they came about simply because some ancient guy dug up a dinosaur grave.

Emmylou said...

My kids were just asking me the other day where dragons came from. I should show them this map:)

Sam Wise said...

not only!
also because Humans always want to explain the World!

Sam Wise said...

that's what I've said: explain the world!

Pat said...

Does it show dragons near where IL would be in North America? 'Cause I've been "dragon" myself around the past few day! Ha!

Adam said...

But then they'll ask you where south america went

Adam said...

I think that part is around China.

Selvaggia Capizzi said...

I didn't know that!
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Christine said...

hmm...

Teddi said...

i'm trying to figure out if that means they believed in them or what? ow, my brain hurts again.

DEZMOND said...

they probably meant my backyard