Pegasus / 翼を持つ馬

January 5, 2014

1957Italy004

13 January 1957, Italy
Etruscan Horse

One of the legendary creatures – Pegasus has reverential atmosphere suits to the New Year.  The Greek mythology which tells us this creature has its roots goes back to 15th century B.C., visual materials are dated from 8~9 century B.C. – I have just learnt how old this creature was!

The horses with wings in this stamp is claimed from Etruria, where one of the ancient civilizations was cultivated from 9th century B.C. in the centre of Italy.

神話の中の馬「ペガサス」は、なにかうやうやしくお正月らしい雰囲気があります。口承として伝わったギリシャ神話は紀元前15世紀に遡り、彫刻やモザイクなどで表現されたペガサスは、紀元前9世紀ごろの遺跡からも見つかるようです。そんなに古いとは知りませんでした。

この切手の翼のある馬は古代ギリシャよりも前にイタリア中央部に栄えた海洋民族エトルリア人の文化に由来するようです。

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