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BLOG OF A TOUR GUIDE IN ROME

30/05/2019, 19:58

#unaguidaturisticaroma, #atourguiderome, #romeisus, #rome, #roma, #affresco, # mitologia, #mito, #museo, #villaborghese



THE-MYTH-OF-FETONTE,-THE-SUN-GOD’S-SON,-AT-VILLA-BORGHESE


 The Museum of Villa Borghese is full of masterpieces but also nice frescos that decorate the rooms. Thanks to them we can read the ancient Roman and Greek mythology...



When I go to the Museum of Villa Borghese I always suggest to the touristis to look the fantastic decorations of the rooms, not only the masterpieces of the permanent collection. For example where the famous "David" by #Bernini is located, in the so called "Room of the Sun", there is a wonderful fresco decorating the ceiling. This painting was released by the painter Francesco Caccianiga three centuries ago, and watching it we can get in touch with one of the most famous ancient Roman and Greek mythological episodes: the fall of Fetonte. He was living with his mother, when one day she told him the truth: his father was the Sun God! So he decided to go the palace owned by this palace, located at the sky, to claim is personal role. Apollo, the Sun God, was very happy to see him, but Fetonte was also very proud, when he understood who was his real father. So, in order to demonstrate how he could be the best son for his divine father, he asked to Apollo to make a judge: he must accept whatever Fetonte was going to ask you. Apollo accepted this sort of challenge, and Fetonte made his request: to drive, just for one time, the magical charriot used by Apollo to carry the Sun across the sky! Something hard for a God, imagine for a young demi god! Apollo tried to do something, but he could not break a vow, even a God could not do that. So Apollo tried to explain to Fetonte how many troubles there are, in order to drive this special charriot. The main difficulty came from the four magical horses, incredibile beasts who used to eat ambrosia, the food of the Gods. They were terrible and really wilds, so not so easy to control. But Fetonte denied all the suggestions made by his father, and Apollo could not do nothing more. So, the day after, Fetonte was ready to lead the charriot, with the Sun behind him. When the Gates of the Palace of the Sun God got opened, after few seconds, Fetonte understood that he could not tame the fire horses, and he made a lot of troubles! First of all the Sun was not followed his correct line in the sky, and several things took place. For example Ovidio, a famous latin writer, explained how due to Fetonte the sky was inflamed, the Ethiopians got dark, with their typical dark skin, because the Sun moved close to them. Moreover the Nile hide his face, hiding its spring for centuries (at that time, when Ovidio was alive, the human being didn’t know where the Nile came from). A great destruction stopped by Jupiter, who killed Fetonte with a powerful lightning. A myth full of emotions, like that ones felt by Apollo who tried to convince Fetonte to find another challenge, explaining to him his personal feelings. Or think about Fetonte, a young boy who discovered who was his real father... Maybe something could be understood by you, when next to the David you will look up... #romeisus #Rome #Roma #mitologia #museo #Fetonte #Apollo #atourguiderome #unaguidaturisticaroma


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