“… a valley of ashes–a fantastic farm where ashes grow like wheat…”*

*from The Great Gatsby (1925), by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Image: in Cathedral of Saint Stephen, Metz (French: Cathédrale Saint Étienne de Metz), Roman Catholic cathedral in Metz, capital of Lorraine, France.

From Wikipedia:

In Ancient Greek folklore, a phoenix (/ˈfiːnɪks/; Ancient Greek: φοῖνιξ, phoînix) is a long-lived bird that cyclically regenerates or is otherwise born again. Associated with the sun, a phoenix obtains new life by arising from the ashes of its predecessor. Some legends say it dies in a show of flames and combustion…”

Brendan Nolan writes at Phoenixparkbook.com:

“Phoenix Park remains both a part of and apart from the capital city of Dublin.

Lands were leased to Sir Edward Fisher who in 1611 built a country residence on St Thomas’ Hill, later the Magazine Hill.

The area had a spring of clear water, which in Irish would be fionn uisce; “phoenix” would be a near-enough anglicisation of this sound. The house was called “The Phoenix” and the name remained.”

From the website of Oxford Languages:

“Phoenix: from Old French fenix, via Latin from Greek phoinix ‘Phoenician, reddish purple, or phoenix’. The relationship between the Greek senses is obscure: it could not be ‘the Phoenician bird’ because the legend centres on the temple at Heliopolis in Egypt, where the phoenix is said to have burnt itself on the altar. Perhaps the basic sense is ‘purple’, symbolic of fire and possibly the primary sense of Phoenicia as the purple land (or land of the sunrise).”

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