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The Sun and the Moon


Helios and Selena Fountain in the park near the church of Saint Jacob in the seaside resort of Opatija, Croatia. The fountain and figures were sculpted by Hans Rathausky (1858-1912) in 1889 / Opatija, Croatia / May 2005

The figures on the Helios and Selena Fountain represent the Sun and the Moon. According to legend, Helios was the sun god, each day driving a chariot from east to west across the sky and sailing around the northerly stream of the ocean each night. Selena (Selene in Greek; Luna in Latin) was the personification of the moon as a goddess and is associated with Greek poetry.

The Angels were all singing out of tune, and hoarse with having little else to do, excepting to wind up the sun and moon or curb a runaway young star or two.
-- Lord Byron (1788-1824) from "The Vision of Judgement," 1822

See a picture of the whole fountain after the jump.



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