National Geographic : 1957 Feb
227 Spearman Launches an Attack on the Lion as Cart with Cage Rumbles By Imperial hunting expeditions, planned as thoroughly as any campaign by the legions, kept circuses and amphi theaters filled with wild animals. Augustus, Rome's first emperor, claimed 3,500 lions and leopards destroyed during his rule. Pompey showed 600 lions at one time. Trajan's reign set a record: 11,000 animals were said to have died to celebrate a single victory. Aiming his spear at the lion, the hunter at upper right demonstrates that self-preservation often compelled men to kill rather than capture valuable beasts. Ironbound wooden crate with handle (left) served as both trap and cage.