The catoblepas (pl. catoblepones; from the Greek καταβλέπω, (katablépō) "to look downwards" is a legendary creature from Ethiopia, first described by Pliny the Elder and later by Claudius Aelianus.
It is said to resemble a cape buffalo, with its head always pointing downwards due to its great weight. Its stare or breath could either turn people into stone, or kill them. The catoblepas is often thought to be based on real-life encounters with wildebeest, such that some dictionaries say that the word is synonymous with "gnu". It is also known as an African version of a Gorgon. Wikipedia
Catoblepas fera est in Aetiopia ad Nili caput, modica alioquin, ceterisque membris iners, caput tantum praegrave aegre ferens: id deiectum semper in terram (unde et nomen traxit a κατo deorsum, et βλέπω aspicio); alias internecio humani generis, omnibus, qui oculos eius videre, confestim expirantibus. Lexicon Forcellini
Ὁ Κατώβλεψ ἦν ἐξ Αἰθιοπίας μέγα τέρας, ὡς ταῦρος μεγαλόσχημος, ἔχων πρόσωπον πρὸς τὴν γῆν κρεμάμενον καὶ δυνάμενος ἀποκτεῖναι τινὰ τῷ βλέμματι ἤ τοῖς καπνοῖς τῆς φαρμακώδους ἀναπνοῆς αὐτοῦ. Theodoros Tomaras
Instructions for making the presentation
a-The Genially presentation will consist of the following sections:
1-Name and etymology of the monster from Ancient Greek and Latin (in English).
2-Monster`s genealogy and ancient literary sources (in English).
3-Monster`s description written and oral in English, Greek, Spanish and Basque.
4-Monster`s iconography and multimedia materials (films, documentaries, comics...) (in English).
5-Monster`s symbolism (in English)
6-Monster`s survival and influence on Western culture (arts, literature, cinema...) (in English).
b-Do not forget to mention the sources from where you get the information.
c-Use public domain or royalty-free images.
e-Drive document to organize work within the international team.
Collaborative product - team 7: Catoblepas.