Part of the story from Fishing for Light is set in Nashville, Tennessee. For one thing, I have visited Nashville several times, but I don’t live there, nor have I lived there, but why would I pick Nashville?
I can answer that question easily, the Parthenon. And there is also another reference, Parthenogenesis, but I’ll write about that another time. But it does have a cross reference to Ms. Prosperina.
In Nashville, they built a full scale replica of the Parthenon, the fragile original is in Athens, Greece. It is a mathematical wonder of the world. But, my purpose, is within the structure, there is the amazing replica, Athena Parthenos, by Alan Lequire. I highly recommend checking out this work of art, as in the building and the statue. Below, I pasted from Wikipedia (because it is easy, and well, I liked the use of the ancient historian, Pausanias’ description).
“…The statue itself is made of marble, silver and gold. On the middle of her helmet is placed a likeness of the Sphinx … and on either side of the helmet are griffins in relief. … The statue of Athena is upright, with a tunic reaching to the feet, and on her breast the head of Medusa is worked in ivory. She holds a statue of Victory about four cubits high, and in the other hand a spear; at her feet lies a shield and near the spear is a serpent. This serpent would be Erichthonius. On the pedestal is the birth of Pandora in relief.“
If you have read Fishing for Light, you will appreciate the serpent reference, and the Medusa reference as Ms. Prosperina stares up at the statue. But, as I wrote yesterday, the story is about the idea of Hope. And, so we get back to the story of Pandora, or ‘Anesidora’, remember Pandora’s Box? From The Free Dictionary.com ~
“Pandora (pænˈdɔːrə) or Pandore n