Bronze artefact dating to 200AD could indicate that the Romans transported lions to Britain

A carved bronze key handle depicting an unarmed barbarian fighting with a lion, with four naked men cowering in fear alongside, has been found by archaeologists in Leicester. The subject of the key handle is a scene of the Damnatio ad bestias (“condemnation to beasts”), a form of Roman capital punishment, in which a criminal was killed by wild animals.

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