Phaethon's Fall

Vanessa Barklay

Ravenshoe, Australia

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“…consider what impetuous force turns stars and planets in a diff’rent course. I steer against their motions; nor am I born back by all the current of the skye. But how cou’d you resist the orbs that roul In adverse whirls, and stem the rapid pole?”

First it veered too high, so that the earth grew chill. Then it dipped too close, and the vegetation dried and burned. He accidentally turned most of Africa into desert; bringing the blood of the Ethiopians to the surface of their skin, turning it black.

“The running conflagration spreads below. But these are trivial ills: whole cities burn, And peopled kingdoms into ashes turn.”

FEATURED in Inspired Art Group – Mar 2011
FEATURED in Digital Art Compilations (DAC) – Mar 2011
FEATURED in Altered By Design – Mar 2011
FEATURED in Ancient Relics, Customs & Sites – Apr 2011

In Plato’s Timaeus (Atlantis), Critias tells the story of Solon’s visit to Egypt. Solon was puzzled by the fact that the Greeks have no history prior to the Trojan War and told the Egyptians that history must begin with the first man, Phoroneus and woman, Niobe and after the Deluge with Deucalion and Pyrrha. To which the Neith priest identified by Plutarch as Sonchis the Saite said,

“…in mind you are all young; there is no old opinion handed down among you by ancient tradition, nor any science which is hoary with age. And I will tell you why. There have been, and will be again, many destructions of mankind arising out of many causes; the greatest have been brought about by the agencies of fire and water, and other lesser ones by innumerable other causes. There is a story, which even you have preserved, that once upon a time Phaethon, the son of Helios, having yoked the steeds in his father’s chariot, because he was not able to drive them in the path of his father, burnt up all that was upon the earth, and was himself destroyed by a thunderbolt. Now this has the form of a myth, but really signifies a declination of the bodies moving in the heavens around the earth, and a great conflagration of things upon the earth, which recurs after long intervals.”

Phaethon

Stock Credits:
Phaethon – felixdeon
Cloud Brushes – linzee777
White Horses – bahrain-heart
Chariot – disney-stock
Space – hameed
The Sun is my own stock and available at dA for use.
Created in PSE7 and picasa. I painted over the horses and also added a paint texture.

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