Glycon was an obscure 2nd century CE religious figure. He had a snake's body, but human ears and hair. Many in the Roman empire believed that this humanoid snake was, in fact, a god - an incarnation of Asclepius, the god of medicine. In his temple in Abonoteichos (modern-day İnebolu, Turkey), the reptile prophesied at a reasonable price. Even consuls and emperors consulted him.
His priest Alexander made sure the money was received and the oracles delivered. Some (namely Lucian od Samosata) accuse him of inventing the creature and constructing a mere puppet that was presented as the divine reptile. Nevertheless, Alexander died as a respectable prophet and the cult of Glycon continued for decades.
Maybe a hot beverage from a mug with his portrait will inspire you to see the future too. And maybe it will just remind you to maintain a healthy level of critical thinking.
- White ceramic
- 11 oz (0.33 l)
- Rounded corners