The Book, Cat, & Cat Book Lovers Almanac

of historical trivia regarding books, cats, and other animals. Actually this blog has evolved so that it is described better as a blog about cats in history and culture. And we take as a theme the advice of Aldous Huxley: If you want to be a writer, get some cats. Don't forget to see the archived articles linked at the bottom of the page.

June 27, 2016

July 27, 2015

Palmyra was a city in the middle east millenia before the rise of Islam.  Their religion, to us, seems a melange of different cultural influences. Al-Lat was a goddess associated with Arabic tribes. The Greeks associated al-Lat  with Athena and Aphrodite.  Her iconography included a lion often. As in this picture:

Image result for Palmyra lion

The Temple of al-Lat, in Palmyra also had a lion statue, with a gazelle resting between its paws. The interpretation that these beasts together represent the power of the goddess and her compassion seems persuasive to me.  Here is a picture of the lion from the Temple of al-Lat in Palmyra. I
do not know if it is a reproduction, or not.

On July 27, 2015, military forces who have destroyed the meaning of Islam, (much like fanatics can call themselves Christian with none to dispute the self-description) destroyed part of the original Lion of al-Lat.

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