It passed into European folklore first through a remark by Ctesias, a Greek physician in the fourth century BC, in his book Indica (“India”). It has survived only in fragments, or references by those other writers.
“But that it has three rows of teeth along each jaw and spikes at the tip of its tail with which it defends itself at close quarters, while it hurls them like an archer's arrows at more distant enemies; all this is, I think, a false story that the Indians pass on from one to another owing to their excessive dread of the beast,” he said.
But because Aristotle included the [http:/safariltd.com/products/view/mythical-realms-manticore-figurines-802629 manticore] in his natural history, many people accepted the beast’s existence as fact well into the Medieval Period.
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