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Some curiosities about Unicorns

ūü¶ĄThe first known representation of a unicorn is found in the caves of Lascaux, in France, and dates from 15,000 a.C. Until they realized that the so-called unicorn Lascaux had two horns, drawn very close together.

ūü¶ĄThe first record of unicorns in Western literature belongs to the Greek historian Ctesias. In the fifth century BC, he wrote that the beast had a white body, purple head, blue eyes and a multicolored red horn at the tip, black in the middle and white at the base. Here you can see many books about unicorns.

ūü¶ĄIn his travels, Marco Polo believed he came across unicorns. He said: «They are gross and very ugly, they are not at all like we think.» That’s because they were really rhinoceroses.

ūü¶Ą According to reports, Genghis Khan decided not to conquer India after meeting a unicorn, who bowed before him; He saw it as a sign of his dead father and returned his army.

ūü¶ĄDuring the Dark Ages (refers to the period from 476 to 1000), collections known as «Bestiaries» emerged, which explained the medicinal use of known animals, which at that time included unicorns.

ūü¶ĄAt its height, the «unicorn horn» was literally worth 10 times its weight in gold. In 1560, German merchants sold the Pope a unicorn horn for 90,000 escudos, some 20,000 euros now. Pharmacies in London sold unicorn horns in powder until 1741.

ūü¶ĄThe ancient heraldry of unicorns can be found in the ancient seals of Babylon and Assyria, but King James III of Scotland in the fifteenth century coined two gold coins that were known as the unicorn and the half unicorn.