The Olympian Werewolf, Damarchus was a real life Olympic Boxer from Parrhasia (Arcadia) who was said to be able to shape-shift into a Werewolf during the Festival of Lycaea. Pausanias investigated the story for his famous work Description of Greece and, while he seems to believe that Damarchus the boxer did indeed exist, he notes Damarchus’ inscription at Olympia mentions nothing about his supposed metamorphosis to a wolf. According to Pausanias, the werewolf could once again live as a man provided he abstained from human flesh for nine years; if however the wolf tasted the flesh of a man he would remain a beast forever. Augustine and Pliny agree with the main aspects of the story but claim the requisite waiting period was ten years, not nine. The story is briefly alluded to in Plato’s masterpiece, The Republic, however in Plato’s version there is no suggestion that the change could be undone. There is actually quite a large amount of material on Lycanthropy, Werewolves and Shape-shifting within Mythology as a whole…which makes me think…it may be our perception of these beings which gives them form…created by mass belief e.g Literature.