This is my 82-year-old father, Daniele, hamming it up on a recent trip to Paris.(Bed sheet provided by his French friend Paule––you can hear her and my sister laughing in the background).
He is reenacting the Declaration of Lyon that he made up––speaking as an imaginary Christian thrown to the lions–– to declaim in the Roman Amphitheater of Lyon:
"My citizens, listen to me.
It has been four years since we assassinated four lions with four weapons in four days: the first with a sword; the second with a halberd; the third with a bow and arrow; the fourth and last with a dagger. Let this be a lesson to all antagonists: do not tread on us!"