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Warrior attacked by Lion


54mm White Metal

Hand Painted in St. Petersburg Russia.

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54mm White Metal

Hand Painted in St. Petersburg Russia.

Between 499 to 479, Greece and Persia fought a series of wars that determined the balance of power in the Mediterranean an the records of these wars often include great murals and stories of Lions at war.

There were lions in Macedonia in the early fifth century when the Persians attacked and there were presumably lions when Herodotus wrote in the later fifth century. Archaeological studies show that, formerly, lions might have inhabited the lands of the Balkan Peninsula. Perhaps they were brought to ancient Greece in the Mycenaean Age. Lions played an important role in war like many animals of that time, Ibises protected the borders of Egypt from flying snakes from Arabia, and mice who destroyed quivers, bows, and shields that belonged to the Assyrians marching on Egypt (2.75, 2.141). A similar role was played by the lions, who attacked the Persian army and ripped camels carrying food supplies to shreds (Herodotus 7.125-126; Pausanias 6.5.4-5). We could say that the lions were protecting the very same law that banned them from crossing the borders of northern ancient Greece.

Leonidas and the Greeks repulsed the Persians’ frontal attacks for the fifth and sixth days, killing roughly 10,000 of the enemy. After three days resisting the much larger Persian army of Xerxes I. the Persians attacked and destroyed a portion of the Greek army. Soon after the battle, the Greeks built a stone lion in honour of those who had died.

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Weight 1 lbs