No lions here…?

Since the latest Arthur Grey book takes us to the Mediterranean, I thought it’d be cool to focus my posts on my own trip there.

On a tour I took, the guide assured us that there are no lions in Greece and there probably never have been. But strangely enough, lions are very present in the ancient artwork there. Besides the numerous lion statues and art I saw in the museums in Greece, I saw quite a few silent lions out on my wanderings.

Lions Fountain
The Lion Fountain in Heraklion has lions featured prominently in the center of the fountain.

Lions Gate
In Mycenae, the ancient city known for its famous king Agamemnon, you’ll find the Lions’ Gate. These are lions in the photo above. I know it might be easier to tell if they had their heads, right? Sorry, those have been missing for quite a long time.

Koules 2
A winged lion glares out of the Koules fortress in Heraklion.


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    E.S. Ivy July 1, 2013 (7:38 am)

    At first I thought that it doesn’t make any sense that they have statues of lions if they never had any… but then I remembered there are lots of ancient statues of mermaids, and obviously no one ever had those!

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      VKF July 1, 2013 (9:31 am)

      You never know–maybe there really were mermaids! 😉