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Ladon by TRXPICS Ladon by TRXPICS
A new addition for the Reptilian Deities Gallery. This time its Ladon.

Info From Wikipedia:
"Ladon was the serpent-like dragon that twined and twisted around the tree in the Garden of the Hesperides and guarded the golden apples. He was overcome by Heracles. Fifteen long years later, Jason and the Argonauts passed by on their chthonic return journey from Colchis and heard the lament of "shining" Aigle, one of the three Hesperides, and viewed the still-twitching Ladon.
Ladon was given several parentages, each of which placed him at an archaic level in Greek myth: the offspring of "Ceto, joined in heated passion with Phorcys" or of Typhon, who was himself serpent-like from the waist down, and Echidna or of Gaia herself, or in her Olympian manifestation, Hera: "The Dragon which guarded the golden apples was the brother of the Nemean lion" asserted Ptolemy Hephaestion. In one version, Heracles did not kill Ladon.
The image of the dragon coiled round the tree, originally adopted by the Hellenes from Near Eastern and Minoan sources, is familiar from surviving Greek vase-painting. In the 2nd century CE, Pausanias saw among the treasuries at Olympia an archaic cult image in cedar-wood of Heracles and the apple-tree of the Hesperides with the dragon coiled around it.
Ladon might be given multiple heads, a hundred in Aristophanes' The Frogs (a passing remark in line 475), which might speak with different voices.
Diodorus Siculus gives an euhemerist interpretation of Ladon, as a human shepherd guarding a flock of golden-fleeced sheep, adding "But with regards to such matters it will be every manís privilege to form such opinions as accord with his own belief".
Ladon is the constellation Draco, according to Hyginus' Astronomy. Ladon is the Greek version of the West Semitic serpent Lotan, or the Hurrian serpent Illuyanka"

Not much to say about the design, as it has a simple idea, yet a complicated appearance.
Hope you like it!
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fireheartsilverwind Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
very nice!
TRXPICS Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
fireheartsilverwind Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
u bet :3
Axxeor24 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2012
This could also be an awesone concept for a hydra
masonday Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012
Yami-Loveless Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So cool >u<
Katzy Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That's a freaky awesome dragon. :nod:
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Submitted on
March 17, 2012
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