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Mutari humanam quis credat posse figuram?
Atque homines factos esse repentè Lupos?
An’ne Iupi [=lupi] fiunt: queis facta protervia? quorum
Res periit. fisci cuncta vorante gula?
Quósque fame errantes in sylvas cogit egestas
Rapto viventes, atque latrocinio.
Qúique viatores, ut oves, grassando trucidant
Ἄνθρωπος ἀνθρώπῳ ὡς κακὸς ἐστὶ λύκος.[1]

Who would allow that human beings can change their form, and that men can turn suddenly into wolves? Or do not those become wolves whose deeds are wanton, or whose wealth disappears, their whole purse gobbled up by the gullet of the tax collector? Or those whom poverty compels with hunger as they wander in the forests, and who live on robbery and viciousness, and slay wanderers like sheep with footpad cunning? Man is to man as the evil wolf.


1.  The story of Lycaon supplies one of the earliest examples of a werewolf legend. According to one form of it Lycaon was transformed into a wolf as a result of eating human flesh.

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