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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
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. Kassandra did so, bringing the lion's pelt to Daphnae.
1st century BCE
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.