Saint George, the Victorious, the Dragon Slayer - Antique Russian icons

The legend of Saint George, the dragon slayer, symbolizes the struggle of good versus evil. Georg - his name comes from the Greek and means "farmer" or "earthworker" - is said to have been a prince from Cappadocia, a landscape in eastern Asia Minor. He served as an officer in a Roman legion. Around 303 AD he is said to have been executed as a martyr during the reign of Emperor Diocletian.

 

The legend tells that he freed a city in Asia Minor from a dragon who claimed the king's daughter (the princess)  as a sacrifice. After the fight, the king's daughter dragged the dragon through the city - "and everyone was baptized for this miracle".

 

Saint George is still today the patron saint of riders, horses and other animals, armourers, riflemen and farmers who hope for the right weather from him.