Barbarians and Animal Symbolism: What Did Wolves Mean in the Ancient World?


If you’ve seen the Netflix series Barbarians, you can’t have missed the many, many references to wolves on both sides of the central battle. The first episode is titled ‘Wolf and Eagle’, the three Germanic leads each wear a wolf’s tooth around their neck, their tribe tells stories about a wolf that will come to devour the world, while Roman characters tell their own myths about children suckled by a wolf, and wolves prowl the surrounding forests. Were the ancient Germanic tribes and the ancient Romans really that into wolves?

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