The lion wakes, and it’s coming back to claim its crown

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The lion wakes, and it’s coming back to claim its crown

The 'Lion King' reboot is rekindling interest in the iconic beast ... and maybe just in time to save it

Brian Jackman

Why have lions held the world in thrall since the dawn of history?

As long ago as the seventh century BC, the Assyrian king Ashurbanipal had his royal palace at Nineveh decorated with magnificent bas-reliefs of lion-hunting scenes.

In Ancient Rome, the walls of the Colosseum resonated to the roars of lions as gladiators fought to the death with the king of beasts...

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