Lions and lionesses

In this passage from the Iliad, Homer compares the two warriors called Ajax to two lions snatching a goat from under some dogs, presumably after a hunt. Richard Janko, a Homeric scholar, says that this is unrealistic because lions do not cooperate in hunting (citing Zenodotus). Yet surely lionesses hunt in packs and because the dual is used which is not gender specific they could be lions or lionesses. And anyway even if Homer had used the masculine, the Greeks were on occasion fairly free with genders of animals and sometimes designated all animals in a particular species as either male or female; for example all bears are female.

Stichios and godly Menestheus, the commanders of the Athenians, carried Amphimachus to the Achaean army while the two Ajaxes, mad with their furious strength carried off Imbrios like two lions who have snatched a goat from under the saw-toothed dogs and carry it through the thick undergrowth holding it high above the ground in their  jaws. So did the two warriors Ajaxes hold him high and strip off his armour.

Ἀμφίμαχον μὲν ἄρα Στιχίος δῖός τε Μενεσθεὺς
ἀρχοὶ Ἀθηναίων κόμισαν μετὰ λαὸν Ἀχαιῶν:
Ἴμβριον αὖτ᾽ Αἴαντε μεμαότε θούριδος ἀλκῆς
ὥς τε δύ᾽ αἶγα λέοντε κυνῶν ὕπο καρχαροδόντων
ἁρπάξαντε φέρητον ἀνὰ ῥωπήϊα πυκνὰ
200ὑψοῦ ὑπὲρ γαίης μετὰ γαμφηλῇσιν ἔχοντε,
ὥς ῥα τὸν ὑψοῦ ἔχοντε δύω Αἴαντε κορυστὰ
τεύχεα συλήτην: κεφαλὴν δ᾽ ἁπαλῆς ἀπὸ δειρῆς

Iliad 13.195

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