Category Archives: Greek and Roman Vampires

Greek and Roman vampires are fully saturated in mythology and lore. The Strix, Strigoi, Vykolatios, Lamia and Eretica are just a few vampires that you may have heard of.

Strix

Strix is a creature from Ancient Roman mythology that is often described as a nocturnal bird, such as an owl. The creature fed on human flesh and blood. The term ‘Strix, is actually Latin for “screecher,” and in Roman it is means “owl.” The Strix, is sometimes referred to as striges or striga. They are […]

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Strigoi

Strigoi is a popular vampire in Romanian vampire. Most Strigoi are the troubled souls of the dead who have rose from the grave, generally including witches and evil spirits, but there are some Strigoi that are living people who have magical properties, which may include the ability to transform into an animal. Some living people […]

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Roman Vampires

Roman vampires are a variation of Slavic vampires, but they have distinguishing characteristics and elements. Strigoi (masculine) and strigoaica (feminine) is closely related to the Romanian word for witch- striga, which was derived from the Latin word strix- the word for a screech owl that referred to demons who attacked children at night. Moroi (masculine) […]

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Nosferatu

It is said that the Nosferatu is the vampire to which Bram Stoker based Dracula. The Romanian vampire is said to become stronger with each attack, unlike a bee, that will die with one sting. The Nosferatu is the illegitimate child of parents who were illegitimate. Soon after its burial, the Nosferatu begins a life […]

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Callicantzaros

The callicantzaros was a peculiar type of Greek vampire that was discussed by Leo Allatius in his 1645 treatise, De Graecorum hodie quorundam opinationibus. The callicantzaros was related to the sanctity ascribed to Christian holy days at Christmas time. It was said that children born during the week between Christmas and New Years (or Epiphany of […]

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