Keywords: Monstrous Births, Portents, Papacy, Muslim Turks, Crusades Hartmann Schedel's Nuremberg Chronicle (1493) described a monstrous birth that was born with a face of a dog on their back. The artist interpreted this description based on conjoined twins as the birth was portrayed with two heads, one human and one canine, and a shared body.… Continue reading What is the meaning behind the dog-man conjoined twins in the Nuremberg Chronicle?
Keywords: Monstrous Races, Cynocephali, Muslims, Jews, Stereotypes The earliest sources of monstrous races, including the dog-headed cynocephali, derived from Greek geographers such as Megasthenes (c.350-290 B.C.), who travelled to India and reportedly witnessed monstrous races firsthand (Williams, 1996, p. 13). The Greek explorer and ethnographer was sent as an ambassador to the court of Sandracottus… Continue reading Cynocephali – The Dog-Headed Race: A Brief Introduction