Dr Caitlin Green @caitlinrgreen History, archaeology, place-names & early lit. Main research on post-Roman Britain & Anglo-Saxon England; also long-distance trade, migration & contact. Feb. 06, 2016 1 min read

Dragon from a 3rdC standard, found nr the Roman fortress at Niederbieber, Germany:  http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2012/09/roman-walls/clark-photography#/07-dragons-head-kept-in-forts-670.jpg  (R.Clark)

Sidonius in the 5thC AD on the appearance of the dragon standard when held aloft:  http://www.loebclassics.com/view/sidonius-poems/1936/pb_LCL296.97.xml?result=9&rskey=WLatWc&readMode=recto 

A very similar draco depicted on the 3rdC Great Ludovisi Sarcophagus, Rome:  https://commons.m.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Grande_Ludovisi_Altemps_Inv8574_n8.jpg 

A Viking-era mould, Uppland, Sweden, w/ a modern casting from it :)  http://mis.historiska.se/mis/sok/fid.asp?fid=107260&g=1  &  https://www.flickr.com/photos/historiska/6909049885/ 

An initial B decorated with dragons & vines, from a 13th-century psalter (Exeter Cathedral MS 3508, Psalm 1).


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