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 +[[Image:Allegory of Chastity by Memling.jpg|thumb|200px|''[[Allegory of Chastity]]'' ([[1475]]) by [[Hans Memling]]]]
[[Image:The Sleeping Gypsy (1897) - Henri Rousseau.jpg|thumb|200px|''[[The Sleeping Gypsy]]'' ([[1897]]) by [[Henri Rousseau]]]] [[Image:The Sleeping Gypsy (1897) - Henri Rousseau.jpg|thumb|200px|''[[The Sleeping Gypsy]]'' ([[1897]]) by [[Henri Rousseau]]]]
-[[Image: True and False Griffins from John Ruskin's Stones of Venice (1851-1853)..jpg|thumb|right|200px|A [[griffin]] is [[legendary creature|mythical beast]] having the [[body]] of a [[lion]] and the [[wing]]s and [[head]] of an [[eagle]]. (from ''[[The Stones of Venice ]]'')]]+[[Image: True and False Griffins from John Ruskin's Stones of Venice (1851-1853)..jpg|thumb|right|200px|''[[True and False Griffins]]'' from [[John Ruskin]]'s ''[[Modern Painters]]'' (Part IV. Of Many Things), first published in 1856.]]
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A large [[cat]], ''Panthera leo'', [[native]] to [[Africa]], [[India]] and [[formerly]] to much of [[Europe]]. The term may apply to the [[species]] as a whole, to [[individual]]s, or to [[male]] individuals. It also applies to related species like [[mountain lion]]s. A large [[cat]], ''Panthera leo'', [[native]] to [[Africa]], [[India]] and [[formerly]] to much of [[Europe]]. The term may apply to the [[species]] as a whole, to [[individual]]s, or to [[male]] individuals. It also applies to related species like [[mountain lion]]s.
-The lion has been an icon for humanity for thousands of years, appearing in cultures across Europe, Asia, and Africa. Despite incidents of attacks on humans, lions have enjoyed a positive depiction in culture as strong but noble. A common depiction is their representation as "[[Monarchy|king]] of the jungle" or "king of the beasts"; hence, the lion has been a popular symbol of royalty and stateliness, as well as a symbol of bravery; it is featured in several [[Aesop's Fables|fables]] of the [[6th century BC|sixth century BC]] [[Ancient Greece|Greek]] storyteller [[Aesop]].+The lion has been an [[icon]] for humanity for thousands of years, appearing in [[cross-cultural|cultures across Europe, Asia, and Africa]]. Despite incidents of attacks on humans, lions have enjoyed a positive depiction in culture as strong but noble. A common depiction is their representation as "[[Monarchy|king]] of the jungle" or "king of the beasts"; hence, the lion has been a popular symbol of royalty and stateliness, as well as a symbol of bravery; it is featured in several [[Aesop's Fables|fables]] of the [[6th century BC|sixth century BC]] [[Ancient Greece|Greek]] storyteller [[Aesop]].
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True and False Griffins from John Ruskin's Modern Painters (Part IV. Of Many Things), first published in 1856.
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A large cat, Panthera leo, native to Africa, India and formerly to much of Europe. The term may apply to the species as a whole, to individuals, or to male individuals. It also applies to related species like mountain lions.

The lion has been an icon for humanity for thousands of years, appearing in cultures across Europe, Asia, and Africa. Despite incidents of attacks on humans, lions have enjoyed a positive depiction in culture as strong but noble. A common depiction is their representation as "king of the jungle" or "king of the beasts"; hence, the lion has been a popular symbol of royalty and stateliness, as well as a symbol of bravery; it is featured in several fables of the sixth century BC Greek storyteller Aesop.




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