I just finished binge-watching the HBO series Rome, now on DVD. One silly little thing bothered me all through it. The sets are fantastic and everything looks exactly as I suppose ancient Rome would have, except for the lions. There are lion-head doorknockers, statues of lions in the Senate, and in various other places. The problem for me is this: they all look like modern Aftican lions. I do not remember ever having seen a modern-looking lion in ancient art -- nor even through the Rennaissance. All of the representations of lions I have ever seen had short snouts, rather than long ones, and a shorter mane of curly hair, rather than of long flowing hair as one sees in lions today. I assumed that artist in those days depicted them that way because they had never seen a real lion and were basing their depictions on verbal descriptions. Then I saw such a lion -- short snout, a mane of short curly hair -- in the museum in Pittsburgh. The lion was a taxidermied one from the nineteenth century, set up in a tableau showing a lion pouncing on an Arab riding a camel. The description explained that such narrative taxidermied tableaus were very popular in the 1800's, and that the lion was a North African type of lion tha was now extinct. How about any of you? Can you let me know about any ancient representations of a lion of the modern modern type?