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A male lion in Egypt

The lion is a felid in the genus Panthera distinguished by the great manes of its males. It was historically endemic throughout Africa and the western half of Asia, favoring savannahs and grasslands but not deserts and dense forests.


5th century BCE


A lioness in Greece

During the Peloponnesian War in Greece lions inhabited various regions, and were hunted for their fangs valued at 40 drachmae.[1]

Of special note among lions in Greece was the Nemean Lion, who was slain by the hero Herakles as part of his famous labours. Herakles wore the beast's skin so that it became his emblem.[1]

An incarnation of the Nemean Lion haunted the Sinkholes of Herakles in Argolis during the Peloponnesian War. Daphnae, the acting leader of the Daughters of Artemis, tasked the Spartan misthios Kassandra to hunt it down.[2] Kassandra did so, bringing the lion's pelt to Daphnae.[3]

Mount Athos within the Triple Peninsula of Chalkidike in Makedonia was also haunted by a legendary lion of its own.[4]

1st century BCE

During the Ptolemaic dynasty in Egypt, lion claws were popular among commoners as pendants, valued at 35 drachmae each in the mid 1st century BCE.[5]

The lions were also revered, and their likenesses were worshipped, especially in the form of the goddess of war, Sekhmet. This worship led a group of bandits around Sapi-Res Nome to name themselves Disciples of the Lioness, working alongside their revered lionesses.[5]




  1. 1.0 1.1 Assassin's Creed: Odyssey
  2. Assassin's Creed: OdysseyThe Goddesses' Hunt
  3. Assassin's Creed: OdysseyThe Nemean Lion
  4. Assassin's Creed: OdysseyLegacy of the First Blade: Hunted
  5. 5.0 5.1 Assassin's Creed: Origins
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