Flora & Fauna

A donkey figurine from Gubbio

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A donkey figurine from Gubbio

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The small archaeological collection of the Duomo in Gubbio, Umbria, features a small terracotta figurine of a donkey, the most common pack animal of the ancient world.

Arion and the dolphin

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Arion and the dolphin

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The story of Arion and the dolphin is an entertaining and almost certainly fictitious tale that may, however, have a deeper meaning.

Regulus and the Bagradas Dragon

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Regulus and the Bagradas Dragon

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When the Romans decided to invade Africa in 256 BC to bring an end to their war with Carthage, they supposedly encountered more than just Punic elephants and a cunning Spartan condottiero.

Stele of the Vultures

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Stele of the Vultures

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This ancient stele, dated to between ca. 2600 and 2350 BC, is a key piece of evidence in the history of warfare.

Far Cry Primal: animal mayhem

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Far Cry Primal: animal mayhem

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The sixth instalment in my on-going series on Far Cry Primal, where I play through the game and offer commentary.

Lions in ancient Greece

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Lions in ancient Greece

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Lions play an important part in Greek art and myth. But did these animals really exist on the European continent?