The lion has been portrayed for many years in ancient cultures, legends, mythology, astrology, literature, movies, and much more. In a few ancient civilizations, lions were owned by kings and royalty. The lion was a symbol of power to them. It was a symbol of the king's power and strength. In Roman mythology, the lion is associated with love. The lion was also symbolic to the Egyptians. They used two lions with their backs to one another. These statues represented balance, which was very important to the Egyptians. They would usually place these statues outside of sacred structures. The Egyptians believed in balance, such as sunrise/sunset and east/west. The lions statues represented this all important balance.