Recto: The Roman Consul Attilius Regulus Fighting a Giant African Serpent, from Pliny's Natural History, Book 8, ch

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Recto: Warriors on horseback and on foot attack a serpent with bows and arrows, and other machines of war. Verso: at right, a serpent has been trapped in a cave, the entrance covered by a net. a large number of soldiers, on horseback and on foot, surround it, blowing trumpets, beating drums, and readying their weapons for action. Observe: "a serpent 120 feet in length was taken by the Roman army near Regulus, being beseiged, like a fortress, by means of balistae and other engines of war." (Plinius, Nat. History, Book VIII, Ch. 14). Reverse: story of Ptolemus and the Serpent (Diodorus Sicilus). Subject: Pliny the Elder, Roman, 23 – 79 CE. Made in: Netherlands. Date: 1590s. Record ID: chndm_1901-39-123.

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