|Tomb of the Leopards, Tarquinia|
|The famous Chimera of Arezzo|
|Herakles and the lion|
So - were the Etruscans surrounded by lions and leopards and panthers, oh my? Well, no, probably not. But what they did have was the little versions - little cats. Like the one shown on the wall, in relief, in this tomb:
|Tomb of the Reliefs, Cerveteri|
And now, because I have pretty much no time for blogging this week, I'm going to get really lazy and show you some present-day descendants of Etruscan cats, photographed last spring in Tarquinia, Cerveteri, and Orvieto. Enjoy!
|Cat walking past Etruscan tomb (Cerveteri)|
Images in this post are either our own, or in the public domain.