Lion Hunting in Assyria
The kings of Assyria liked hunting lions for their pleasure. It was not a honest fight, because the Assyrian hunters didn't dare to fight us with their bare bodies. They were armed with spears and bows and arrows. So the lions of these days inevitably had to loose these fights, although we fought bravely back as can be seen on the picture above.
The cowardly Assyrian kings showed the results of their hunting parties in stone reliefs in their palaces. The reliefs dating from about 645 BC in the British Museum in London show King Ashurbanipal hunting lions. The reliefs were found in a former palace in Nineveh and were excavated by Sir Henry Layard halfway the Nineteenth Century.
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