The Constellation
Leo

The Constellation LeoThe Romans connected the constellation Leo to the god of wine, Bacchus, as he often dressed in the skins of lions.

The Greeks claimed the Nemean lion was a mythological lion who fell to earth and plundered the countryside around Corinth until it was slain by Heracles a.k.a. Hercules. Zeus honored the Lion by raising it to the heavens.

The constellation Leo is also represented by the Lion of Judah, symbol of the Israeli tribe of Judah, and the Lion on the British Coat of Arms.

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