The image below is taken from a stone disk recovered from the Everfree Ruins after the return of Princess Luna. Her highness has kindly consented that it be copied for the historical archives, and identified the engraver as a stallion named 'Flint Chip'. At approximately two thousand years old, this relief is the oldest surviving example of Equestrian romantic poetry.
(And outside of Equestria, our resident Fluttershy deserves credit for the artwork!)
Post by Apple Bloom on May 14, 2012 3:45:14 GMT -5
*Puts on his artifact analysis monocle.* Well, it would appear to be about a rare pony who did appreciate the night the princess of the moon did bring as opposed to the multitude who enjoyed the sun. Observe how the princess of the moon and her admirer reach for one another. One appreciates the other. Now...
*Flips it over.*
The sun princess is heralded by many, but acknowledges none, suggesting because of the multitude she could find nopony special of her own.
One has admiration but no love, but the other has no admiration but love. We may be looking at a historical account for why Celestia always has nieces and nephews, but no offspring, but Luna has many offspring.
We may also see the most historical documentation of longing.
I am not a poetry expert. I am only an artifacts expert.
Post by Nettleglum on May 14, 2012 18:43:37 GMT -5
I rate this as one of the most amazing pieces of iconic art I've seen for the series. Deceptively simple lines, classical styling, it's /gorgeous/. It's like something from an amphora or a fresco. Amazing. That single pony in Luna's light may be one of Nettie's ancestors, I shouldn't wonder.