King Tanyidamani, and the Meroitic lion-god Apedemek. Meroitic Period 100 BC Apedemek, “the lord of royal power,” was a Nubian lion god, and at the Apedemek Temple at Naqa, south of Meroe, relief’s show Apedmek worshiped by the royal family. The kings were always seated upon lion thrones. Temple relief’s show the enemies of the king subdued by, and in some cases devoured by, lions. It has been stated that lions were kept in the Lion Temple, as living symbols of Apedemek.