Mystery Lady at the top of the Capitol

I’m a sucker for stuff like this.  Ever wonder who that is on the top of the Capitol building? Some say it is Justice. They are somewhat right. It is actually the Greek Goddess Persephone, who amongst other things was Goddess of the underworld. When she judged the dead as they entered the underworld she was referred to as Justicia. Why is Persephone on top of the Capitol building. In 1854 Pope Pius IX issued the decree of Immaculate Conception. This got Congress all riled up, and so the story goes they wanted to put a statue of the Virgin Mary on top of the Capitol. That probably was only slightly more popular than it would be today, so they had to kind of side step it, and settled on a deity who as legend has it was immaculately conceived–Persephone. The article has some interesting tidbits. I have no idea how much is true, but it’s fun nonetheless.

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8 Comments on “Mystery Lady at the top of the Capitol”

  1. Daniela Says:

    Dear Mrs. Or Mr.,
    Pleese Tell me as soon as possible. ok see my teacher(social)was talking about the capital building and the little statue on top of the capital building and she didnt know what it was but she said that it could be girl thats on top.i just wanted to help her out and im so curios of what it is.please can you send me a picture about it?! im begging so bad i have researched like crazy in just one day please send me wahat it is and a picture to go with it.um…….oh and explain what it is, when was it built and why. oh and is it called the apotheosis of washington or is that just the hole on the dome???????

    confused,begging and waiting for an answer,
    Danielle(7th grade)

    p.s as soon as possible please!!!!

    :( thats what my face would look like if nobody helped me

    ;):) :) :) thats what my face would look like if you would help me!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Daniela Says:

    REMEMBER PLEASE HELP ME IM LIKE SSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO DESPERATE RIGHT NOW

  3. jo-jo Says:

    Sorry guy,

    the statue on the top of the capitol building is “freedom” as quoted below:

    The Statue of Freedom, sometimes called Armed Freedom or simply Freedom, is Thomas Crawford’s bronze statue that, since 1863, has crowned the dome of the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C. The original and formal name of the work was Freedom Triumphant in War and Peace. Official United States publications say that the statue, “is officially known as the Statue of Freedom.” [1]

    though this is late for Daniela, perhaps someone will be lucker

  4. seanmcgrath Says:

    That’s what they’d like you to believe.

  5. andrew Says:

    And who is this “they”? It is clearly “Freedom”, and this is very well documented.
    http://www.c-span.org/questions/week126.asp
    http://www.aoc.gov/cc/capitol/dome.cfm

    And those are only 2 examples among many.

  6. Jon Says:

    Right andrew, everything is exactly as advertised. Deception inherent in the foundation myths of this country, eeehhhhgads, now way.

    Americans have never been lied to or deceived by the people that own their government and everything is straight as Jesus arrows flown into the heart of freedom, justice, and apple pie from George Washingtons daddy’s old apple tree.

    We don’t need you to shove the propaganda down our throats Andrew; the schools, institutions, media, and culture are doing a fine job of ramming the horse crap down everyones throat without your contribution.

    • Jon Says:

      And yes we were listening when G Dub Junior told us about our great “new” freedom we have now.

      The freedom to never ask questions, the freedom to be mindless consumers, the freedom to support endless war and terrorism, the freedom to sell our own species and class out to a financier elite class because after all they are the “all people” who are created equal and what kind of fools would we be to go around thinking for ourselves and having the audacity to use our own mind to decide what is propaganda instead of dutifully following the official literature.

      What was I thinking by not using my “new” freedom? Gosh I am sorry.


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