"They’re sitting in a nest of flames, like a phoenix before it hatches"

The Phoenix, illustration from a book of mythological creatures
Public DomainThe Phoenix, illustration from a book of mythological creatures - Credit: Friedrich Johann Justin Bertuch

The Phoenix is a mythological bird that bursts into flames when it dies, and is then reborn from the ashes to live again. It has colourful feathers in flame colours, a long tail and a beautiful song. It is often associated with the city of Heliopolis (‘sun-city’) in Egypt.