Friday, October 22, 2010
10:18 am pdt
The painting of the cover for my novel is progressing
nicely. Artist Katrina Hughes Brennen has created the background and is currently working on the forground which will include
a picture of Macha. There is a lot of detailed work involved and will take time if it is to be done correctly. The
final result will be worth the wait.
Did You Know?
One of the characters in The Sign of the Eagle is the Vestal Virgin, Antonia. The Vestals
were keepers of the Sacred Flame of Rome found in the a small temple adjacent to the Forum in Rome.
Where did this
originate and why? Before the discovery of flint and steel to start fires, primitive societies rubbed sticks together to produce
fires. Most villages maintained a central hearth, where local people brought sticks to inflame, and take back to their
homes. Gradually, temples to the Fire Goddess evolved with priestesses to perpetuate the holy fire.
Rome, even before it's official foundation in the 8th century B.C., the traditions of the House of Vesta and Vestal Virgins
were established to tend the "Sacred Flame." So long as they kept the flame alive, Rome would survive all catastrophies.
This cult was considered the holiest of all of Rome's many religions. Only the Emperor wielded greater power and influence.
When the Emperor Constantine established Christianity the state religion in the early 4th Century A.D., he outlawed
all so-called "pagan" religions including the cult of Vesta. The Sacred Flame was doused for all time. The Western
Roman Empire did not immediately fall as the prophecy had forseen, but it would be gone within 150 years (476 A.D.).