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** GRYPHON **Ancient Legionary Silver Greek Roman Ring **AMAZING ** **EXTREMELY RARE**PERFECT CONDITION** ** GRIPHON ENGRAVED ** INNER DIAMETER:19-20mmWEIGHT:11.7gThe griffin, griffon, or gryphon is a legendary creature with the body, tail, and back legs of a lion; the head and wings of an eagle; and sometimes an eagle's talons as its front feet. Because the lion was traditionally considered the king of the beasts, and the eagle the king of the birds, by the Middle Ages the griffin was thought to be an especially powerful and majestic creature. Since classical antiquity, griffins were known for guarding treasures and priceless possessions.Griffin Greek and Romn MythologyIn Greek Mythology, they appear in art as early as 1500 BC. were known to have pulled the chariots of both Apollo and Nemesis. Through Apollo, they became associated with the sun. Through Nemesis, known as protectors and the bringers of swift retribution of justice. As protectors of the Palace of Minos at Knossos (minus wings), they were symbols of guardianship.In Greek and Roman texts, griffins and Arimaspians were associated with gold deposits of Central Asia. Indeed, as Pliny the Elder wrote, "griffins were said to lay eggs in burrows on the ground and these nests contained gold nuggets."In medieval heraldry, the griffin became a Christian symbol of divine power and a guardian of the divine
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