"I had seen birth and death, / But had thought they were different"
Christ as Sol Invictus
"Early Christian and pagan beliefs are combined
in this third century mosaic of Christ as a sun-god.
The triumphant Christ/god, with rays shooting from his head,
is pulled aloft by two rearing horses in his chariot.
The Dionysian vines in the background become the vines of Christ."
but thou art above, thou Orion of light
Gerard Manley Hopkins
The horses, under the axletree
Beat up the dawn from Istria