"the numinous phosphorescence of the eyes of lycanthropes"
Lycaon Turned Into Wolf - Goltzius, 1589
is a werewolf. Lycanthropy
describes the actual ability of the person to undergo this transformation; it is believed to come from the Classical figure of Lycaon
, a king of Arcadia
, who was turned into a wolf by Zeus
. As with vampires, most legends tell that it is when a human is bitten by a werewolf that they gain this power - or curse.