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In films vampires and werewolves are often depicted as having a blood feud, but in traditional folklore they were not necessarily bitter enemies.
The werewolf appears as an ancient figure in folklore throughout the world. In Greek mythology, Lycaon displeased the deity Zeus, who turned him into a wolf. This is where the term lycanthropy originated, and is one of the oldest tales of a man turning into a wolf.
Vampire lore is varied, but usually has to do with death or is associated with the grieving process. The Lamia, a vampire of Greece, attacked children and sucked their blood after having a stillborn child. Vampire tales often served as a warning to those tempted to lead an evil lifestyle. If they were bad, they might become a vampire.
In legend, werewolves and vampires simply did not have much contact. In some, they shared a connection, but were not necessarily mortal enemies.
But their CONVERGENCE often occured when there were allusions to a battle between vampires and werewolves called the Trajanic Wars. There were two short wars between the Roman Empire during Trajanâ��s rule, and the Dacian kingdom, which had become a threat to the Empire. It was said that during that event the Dacian vampires betrayed the werewolves, which were their servants, to the Romans, and this unforgiveable act caused werewolves and vampires to become eternal enemies. Though the Trajanic War (also called the Dacian War) is a true part of history, the vampire and werewolf angle, of course, is only a myth.
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Text taken from Gordon J. Melton's: The Vampire Book.
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