Lycanthropy is the ability or power of a human being to undergo transformation into a wolf, or wolf-like characteristics. The word lycanthropy is sometimes used generically for any transformation of a human into animal form, though the precise term for that is technically "therianthropy". The word has also been linked to Lycaon, a king of Arcadia who, according to Ovid's Metamorphoses, was turned into a ravenous wolf in retribution for attempting to serve human flesh (his own son) to visiting Zeus in an attempt to disprove the god's divinity . Sometimes Lycanthropic abilities are attributed to vampires. In the Modern Vampyre Community Therian's liken themselves towards this cause.