Brill’s New Pauly

Get access

Leucrocota
(181 words)

[German version]

This composite creature ( Monsters) (size of a donkey, legs of a deer, badger head with a gaping snout up to the ears and a single bone in place of teeth, similarity to a lion in the neck, chest and tail, cloven hooves, ability to imitate the human voice) in Ethiopia in Plin. HN 8,72f. and Solin. 52,34 should possibly be interpreted as the brown hyaena (Hyaena brunnea) [1. 154]. However, it is probably a mythical animal that was passed on through the sources mentioned and Honorius Augustodunensis 1,12 (Ceucocrota) [2. 54] and Jacob of Vitry, Historia orientalis c. 88 …

Cite this page
Hünemörder, Christian (Hamburg), “Leucrocota”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 20 January 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e702480>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



▲   Back to top   ▲