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"Fame and the Moon" "Paul Grayson" AMDG Photeinos φωτεινος

Fame and the Moon

The Pont Alexandre III bridge has 4 magnificent columns anchoring it at each corner and topped by four “Fames”. On a cloudy night, the “Fame of War” holds a rearing Pegasus, as she brandishes her sword at a menacing moon. What omen is this? The bridge, built in 1901, commemorates the Russian emperor who was Tsar Nicholas’ father and whose 1894 treaty between Russia and France dragged France into World War I, started the Russian Revolution, and tragically resulted in Nicolas’ execution. A gloomy, premonitory image.