Phoenix

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For the city in Arizona, see Phoenix (city).

Mythical Background

The Phoenix is a mythical bird, the myth of which was very popular in Ancient Egypt, and which perhaps had its origin even before the proto-dynastic period. Blessed with an extremely long life, at the end of its life, the phoenix would spontaneously combust into a pile of ashes, before rising from the ashes as a new, baby phoenix to begin its life again. The myth of the Phoenix is an example of the powerful theme of rebirth, so popular in mythology, which can be seen (especially in Egyptian mythology) in the tale of Isis and Osiris.

Herodotus mentioned the phoenix as a living entity in his, History of the World.[Citation Needed]

Popular Culture

The myth of the phoenix is familiar to schoolchildren throughout the world as a pivotal sub-character in the Harry Potter series, as a companion to Albus Dumbledore.

Also, the phoenix is the symbol on the great seal of the city of Atlanta. Captioned with the Latin phrase, "resurgens" (being reborn), the phoenix symbolizes Atlanta's transformation from a casualty of the Civil War to a great American metropolis.