Hundreds of years later, the Roman historian Ammianus Marcellius (330 to 400 AD) also mentions “winged armies of snakes” that appear from the lands of Arabia.
Professor Meyer said: “And the Roman historian Cassius Dio (155 to 225 AD) mentions that ‘one day, when Regulus, a Roman consul, was fighting against Carthage, a dragon suddenly crept up and settled behind the wall of the Roman army. The Romans killed it by order of Regulus, excoriated it and sent the hide to the Roman senate.’
“It wasn’t just Roman historians who wrote of encounters with dragons; ‘dragons’ are also mentioned frequently in the Bible, 35 different times from Genesis to Revelation.”
In the Book of Job, for instance, a primaeval monster known as the Leviathan makes an appearance.
Professor Meyer likened the beast to a fire-breathing Kraken and the monster has bee described as a dragon that dwells in the abyss of creation.
The expert added: “Even though we may not know everything there is to know about the different kinds of ‘dragons’ mentioned by ancient Roman historians and in the Bible we can categorically state that dragons and man did coexist.”