"Castel del Monte appears to be a clear metaphor for the
man behind it and his power. Sacred places usually tend towards the Heaven
and are located on high dominant positions; they are related to the image of
the Sun and the point where it rises. Christ is associated with the Sun and
named sol invictus or sol occasum nasciens, churches are therefore
"oriented" eastwards. Now, how can one ignore the relation between
Frederick and the sun, if after his death his son Manfred writes to his
brother Conrad that the sun of the world has set (...), the sun of justice
?" How can one forget that Castel del Monte, beyond the connections with
mathematics, astronomy, astrology and science, is really oriented eastwards,
with the main entrance and the so-called Throne room oriented towards the
- Altamura and Castel del Monte: the exception and the rule by Consorzio Idria
"Now the high holocaust of hours is
And all the west empurpled with their death,
How swift oblivion drinks the fallen sun,
How little while the dusk remembereth!"
- Edith Wharton
Moonrise Over Tyringham
Century Magazine 76 (July 1908): 356-57B
"The Goat represents Capricornus, the Water-Goat. In other
words, he is the Fallen Sun, fallen from the supreme position down into the
seas, into the infernal depths of the great abyss.
Of course, the fall of Pan is an allegory of the fall of the Celestial God
who, from a mountain goat — a dweller in the summits — fell into the seas,
and became a sort of fish or marine deity. Capricornus is the makara, the
sea monster that causes the Flood. The makara (or sishumara) is a sort of
dolphin or sea monster.
But the makara is also Kama, the Hindu love god who was the archetype of
Eros-Cupid. Kama is also the son and lover of Rati. And Ratio is an alias of
the mother and lover of Eros, his Greek counterpart."
- The Horse Sacrifice
"These are the clouds about the fallen
The majesty that shuts his burning eye:
The weak lay hand on what the strong has done,
Till that be tumbled that was lifted high
And discord follow upon unison,
And all things at one common level lie.
And therefore, friend, if your great race were run
And these things came, So much the more thereby
Have you made greatness your companion,
Although it be for children that you sigh:
These are the clouds about the fallen sun,
The majesty that shuts his burning eye."
- W.B. Yeats, These Are The Clouds
"It is all
Happening to the sun
The fallen sun
Is in the hands of the water"
- Ted Hughes, 'It Is All'
Remains of Elmet
"I am the fiddler. Ere the world began
I had two notes, and only two. The one
with tumbled sunflakes dripping, I called man,
the second had no name and needed none.
I am the fiddler. Like a golden fan
I folded the long feathers I had spun,
and, as I folded them, a shadow ran,
silver, between the music and the sun.
I threw my bow over the stars, and no man
remembered Krishna, but, till the world is done,
there are but these two notes, a single tune—
man, that I named before the world, and woman.
so named when she redeemed the fallen sun
with the vicarious silver of the moon."
- The Lovers
by Humbert Wolfe
"Within a month of his death, the Emperor's followers are writing in the style
of the Tiburtine
Sibyl, "like the sun when he sinks from the heaven into the Western Sea,
Frederick has left a
son-sun in the west and already the crimson of the dawn begins to glow."
- Frederick II
by Ernst Kantorowicz
The Song of the Seagoat by Louise Ingram
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