This is the twelfth edition of House of Herps, so that means I have the honour of presenting the last post for the first year of this blog carnival. In the scheme of things, a year is not much, but I thought this would be a good time to present a little known but ancient antecedent to House of Herps.
What follows is the first publication of select verses from the Munchhausen¹ papyrus, a 2000 year-old document now known as The Book of Serpent. Like the related document, The Gospel of Judas, it is one of many church-rejected apocryphal books that ran parallel with, and some times counter to, the canonical books established at the Synod of Hippo in 393 CE. The Book of Serpent was considered particularly heretical due to the sect that formed around it in 325 CE.
(N.B.If ancient history …