Dragons and Dinosaurs: Misunderstood Natural Evidence

Dates: November 28, 2022

Meets: M from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Location: Online

OLLI Member: $0.00


Enrollment requires a 2022-2023 OLLI at MSU Membership

As a historian of ancient science, Adrienne Mayor's research seeks new ways of looking at mythology to discover scientific and historical realities embedded in folklore and legend. "Dragons and Dinosaurs" combines ancient myth, art, literature, history and paleontology in Europe and Asia to investigate how dragons, unicorns, griffins and other fabulous creatures of antiquity and the Middle Ages might have arisen from misunderstood evidence observed in nature, such as fossils.

Fee:   $0.00



This is a real-time (live) online class that meets at the specified day(s)/time(s) listed.

We will send you a reminder email with login instructions one business day before the program start date. If there are additional sessions, we will send reminders the morning of those sessions.

Adrienne Mayor

Adrienne Mayor is a research scholar in classics and the history of science at Stanford University. She is the author of many books, including "Flying Snakes and Griffin Claws," "Gods and Robots: Myths, Machines and Ancient Dreams of Technology," "Amazons: Warrior Women across the Ancient World," "First Fossil Hunters: Dinosaurs, Mammoths and Myths in Greek and Roman Times," "Fossil Legends of the First Americans," "Greek Fire, Poison Arrows and Scorpion Bombs: Unconventional Warfare in the Ancient World," and "The Poison King."


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