• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

St. George was born in around the 3rd century to a Christian

Extracts from this document...


SAINT GEORGE St. George was born in around the 3rd century to a Christian family. His father was from Cappadocia and served as an officer for the army. His mother was from Lydda, Palestine. She returned to her native city as a widow along with her young son, where she provided him with an education. St. George (before he became a saint) followed his father's foot steps and joined the army. He became a charismatic soldier and rose quickly through the military ranks at that time. By his late twenties he had gained the titles of Tribunus (Tribune) and then later on Comes (Count), period when George was positioned in Nicomedia as a personal guard to Roman Emperor Diocletian. In 303, Diocletian issued an order authorising the persecution of Christians across the Empire. ...read more.


Because of this, the citizens had to temporarily remove the dragon from its nest by offering the dragon a daily human sacrifice. The victim was decided by drawing lots. Eventually the local princess won the lottery. She is offered to the dragon but at this point St. George arrives. He faces the dragon, slays it and saves the princess. The grateful citizens then abandon their ancestral Paganism and convert to Christianity. The account of this tale was considered a fact but this belief about mythical dragons was abandoned. But this story contains a few religious symbolisms such as St. George can be seen as representing Christianity. The dragon is the symbol of Satan. Similarly, in early Christian stories, both the serpent (with the vast serpent being a dragon) and leviathan represent Satan. ...read more.


Also, the tale of George and the Dragon is widely considered among worldly historians to share a common theme with the Greek myth the princess Andromeda and her husband Perseus, slayer of the gorgon Medusa. According to this myth, Perseus beheaded Medusa and George his Dragon both by decapitating. The saving of the king's daughter is another shared theme as is the reward-bargain exacted by the respective hero of the stories: Possession of the princess for Perseus and the mass baptism of the king's subjects for George. St. George's patronage: Amersfoort, Netherlands; Aragon; agricultural workers; archers; armourers; Beirut, Lebanon; Boy Scouts; butchers; Canada; Cappadocia; Catalonia; cavalry; chivalry; Constantinople; Crusaders; England (by Pope Benedict XIV); equestrians; farmers; Ferrara, Italy; field workers; Genoa; Georgia; Gozo; Greece; Haldern, Germany; Heide; herpes; horsemen; horses; husbandmen; Istanbul; knights; lepers; leprosy; Lithuania; Lod; Malta; Modica, Sicily; Moscow; Order of the Garter; Palestine; Palestinian Christians; plague; Portugal; Ptuj, Slovenia; riders; saddle makers; sheep; shepherds; skin diseases; soldiers; syphilis; Teutonic Knights; Venice. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE George Eliot section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE George Eliot essays

  1. Life of George Washington

    In the American Revolution Washington took the troops that surrounded the British that occupied Boston on July 3. He devoted the next few months to training an undisciplined 14,000 man army. To secure supplies of powder and weapons they urgently needed.

  2. Examine The Treatment Of Alienation And Prejudice In George Eliot’s ‘Silas Marner’ and Harper ...

    Eliot elucidates how important the money is to him, especially as it is his own, "It was pleasant for him to feel them in his palm, and look at their bright faces, which are all his own."

  1. Discuss the importance of the theme of duty in George Eliot's

    Godfrey's first wife was addicted to alcohol as well as drugs. This addiction causes her to have many emotional problems and worries. She needs comfort towards her depressed state of mind. However Godfrey does not fulfil the duty that he has to his wife, to be a good husband and to support her.

  2. Mary Anne Evans, better known as "George Eliot," was born on November 22nd, 1819, ...

    The house, where the family lived at that time, and in which the first twenty years of Mary Ann Evans's life were spent, is situated in a rich verdant landscape.The house of the Evans family, half manor-house, half farm, was an old-fashioned building, two stories high, with red brick walls

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work