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Monday, October 24, 2016

A snake in Rome....not a UFO story but odd

Some time ago I found this passage in a book about the Shroud of Turin by Ian Wilson. 
The passage fascinated me, but I couldn't find anything more about the snake incident, searching everywhere for something more definitive. 

I even had several journalists look for something that might elucidate the episode. 

Recently I submitted a query and the book excerpt to Chris Aubeck's Magonia Exchange, and got (only) this reply: 
The reference from Magonia might be the incident, but the time-frame is wrong, unless Wilson's date of 846 A.D. (or CE if you prefer) is wrong. 

So, I'm asking if any one of our intrepid readers knows more about the alleged panic in Rome by a snake -- any date, any place in the city? 

RR

9 Comments:

  • hello Rich, except colin wilson's book, do you have any other references?
    if yes, I can ask some scholar here in italy.
    cheers!

    By Blogger ilfakiro, at Tuesday, October 25, 2016  

  • ilfakiro, buddy....

    I've never been able to find another reference, and believe me, I've look everywhere.

    If you get a clue, I'll be in your debt...

    RR

    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Tuesday, October 25, 2016  

  • hello Rich, nothing found!
    no other references to this episode. could you ask the reference directly to colin wilson?
    let me know!

    By Blogger ilfakiro, at Wednesday, October 26, 2016  

  • I wrote to author Ian Wilson, ilfakiro, years ago, care of his publisher.....no answer.

    RR

    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Wednesday, October 26, 2016  

  • nice person, indeed!
    however, if you find another reference, let me know!

    By Blogger ilfakiro, at Thursday, October 27, 2016  

  • There are snakes in Italy:

    http://www.maremmaguide.com/snakes-in-italy.html

    I don't understand why this report is considered mysterious.

    Regards,

    Jean

    By Blogger Rare phenomena lover, at Wednesday, November 09, 2016  

  • The odd part, Jean, is that the apparent appearance of the snake caused a panic.

    RR

    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Wednesday, November 09, 2016  

  • As shown in the link, there are venomous vipers in Italy, so people were afraid of being bitten.

    An excerpt from the article:

    "Take a Viper bite or suspected Viper bite seriously. If you are unfortunate enough to be bitten by one, or think you have been, then an urgent visit to "Pronto Socorso" - the Accident and Emergency department of a hospital - for an anti-venom shot and attention is essential. Every persons reaction to a bite is different, and serious complications and occasionally death from a Viper in Italy can occur."

    At the time, a viper bite was certainly serious if not lethal. So it is likely that people identified the snake as a viper.

    Jean

    By Blogger Rare phenomena lover, at Thursday, November 10, 2016  

  • Jean:

    I think you are missing the import of the word "panic" -- Romans were not usually panicked as my college studies about Rome told me.

    So, using the word panic indicates something more than getting bitten by a viper.

    The writer of the book is a wordsmith. When he writes and uses "panic," he is making a point. You are being too flip about the word use.

    RR

    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Thursday, November 10, 2016  

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