Discovered Zabolotsky today, the first poem by him I read, Искушение, strongly reminded me of Old Wainds, and their Святой мёртвый lyrics. Strange.
Venus is the Roman goddess, Aphrodite the Greek one; both were identified with each other by both peoples and starting with the mid-Republican era, they were both depicted the same way, I.e. as a young, usually nude woman. She was the goddess of love, erotic desire, sensibility, beauty, kindness and all that. The differences are slight: To the Romans, she was the mother of Aeneas, and thus ancestor of the Roman people, while to the Greeks she is the daughter of Zeus, born from the sea foam on Cyprus. Venus has the dolphin as a common attribute, while it is rare with Aphrodite, who is often depicted with sea shells, doves, turtles, swans, etc.
What does the statue in your story look like?
Don't forget that those statues would have been painted, as well, unless it's post de-colourization.The statue doesn’t have a very specific appearance yet, except that it’s white and 2-2.5 metres in height. There should be a moment in the story where the statue falls over, breaks and shoots a cloud of dust into the air, but looking at the material that Greek and Roman statues were made of, I doubt that they would actually burst out dust when broken.
Whoa!Going on an 80 kilometer walk tomorrow.
Thank you! The terrain is forest roads and highways and I’m packing a light backpack so about 25 kg of extra weight in total.Whoa!
In what sort of terrain? I walked 28 km in varied Norwegian mountain terrain this September, and that took the whole day. (That was the longest march during a trip where we walked 10-15 km the other days). And I did only carry about 15kg. I would expect you to carry plenty more (i.e. a heavier backpack plus rifle).
We ended today with sunrise, so it took about 24 hours. The walk was cut shorter as many became unable to continue. I walked a total of 60 km when the end was called. I estimated I would’ve managed 80 but probably no more than that (the actual route ended up being around 100 km). And with the walk and previous trials behind me, as of today I am a junior seargant.