1678 engraving by Joannes Johnstonus, from : The Manticore, or Martigora was described by Pliny and Aristotle as a creature with the face and ears of a human, with grey eyes and a red body; a tail with a sting like that of a scorpion, and being the size of a lion, and with a lion’s paws, a triple row of teeth and an appetite for human flesh.

Quoth : In Greco-Persian mythology, the manticore is a monster with the body of a lion and the face of a human with sharp teeth. She has a scorpion tail that can shoot poisonous darts. Her poison is not deadly, but causes extreme pain. The gods of Olympus expelled her from Greece for her crimes.
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