Lupus - The Wolf

The Wolf was known to the Greeks as a wild animal. It is pictured hanging from a pole carried by the Centaur, as a sacrifice to the gods. Visible in the Northern Hemisphere Lupus was known to the Greeks as Therion and to the Arabs as Al Asadah, the Lioness. It was not until the Renaissance that the constellation become identified with a wolf. Mythology holds that Lycaon, king of Arcadia, was transformed into a wolf for sacrificing a child on the altar of Zeus.

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