Apollo, Hadrian and the four horses of Chauvet

Deep in the cave art of Chauvet, there are four horses.

4 horses cropped

It has been suggested that these horses are, in fact, one horse in motion.

I beg to differ.

In my book, Chauvet – the dream unlocked, I suggested that they may be representative of the four horses of the apocalypse. I also state how very different these horses are in their appearance, for example, the very first one at the lower section of the image is much darker in colour than the rest and looks more like a mule or pony than a horse.

That said, I have been pondering these horses for quite a while as the reason behind them being in the artwork eluded me in comparison to the other sections I believe to have pulled apart.

Last night (21/03/16 – The 21st being a rather strange date to notice something new about the art considering I made my initial discoveries on the 21/12/12) I was watching a documentary about the Roman Emperor, Hadrian. There was much talk of the Roman Gods and then the statue of Hadrian being pulled by four horses… and that’s when the penny dropped..

As I mention in my book, there seems to be a rather strong link from the Chauvet art to the ancient Egyptian and Sumerian cultures. I also presented one item that links to Roman designs.. Two lions guarding a chalice;

a set of lions guarding chalice.

According to the book, “Egyptian origin of the book of revelations” by John H. C. Pippy, we read that the four horses were of ancient Egyptian origin and where there may be some confusion around the idea of there being just four horses. Pippy goes on to say that when an animal is replicated on top of another, the idea is to not just represent a few, but multitudes.. (Source) This is also evident in the cave art as we see from these rhino;

rhino herd

So we now have a possible timeline of events for the origins of this story about the four horsemen (or just horses).

First, the cave art and its intent to convey a message, continued through to the ancient Egyptians and the Sumerians, who then passed it along to the Romans where it eventually ended up totally confused and twisted by the Christian church and embedded into the Bible as being something of rather nasty intent.

The Emperor Hadrian had a statue placed on top of his mausoleum. this statue was of him, in a chariot, being pulled by four horses.

Apollo was one of the many Roman Gods and he, too, was pulled in a chariot by four horses. So the idea of four horses must be something pretty special for it to have been associated with a God and an Emperor.

Here is Apollo;


Apollo is associated as a god of music, truth and prophecy, healing, the sun and light, plague, poetry, and more. So it’s easy to see how Christianity could pick and choose the best, or worst, bits with which to kill off an old God and his horses and make the horses become something nasty..

But, of course, there was another Sun God before Apollo, whose name was Helios, who also rode a chariot that was pulled by four horses and the horses were given fiery names: Pyrois, Aeos, Aethon, and Phlegon.

Interesting how the four horsemen of the apocalypse also have names relevant to something that they might do should they ever be released.. You gotta love religion.. Not.

According to Pippy, there may be much more to these horses and their colours. He mentions in his book that each coloured horse could repesent the individual that was in charge of an army division. It’s also suggested that it is related to the ritual of herding the cattle, all of which were of the four distinct colour types.

This is all a bit reminiscent of the four sons of Horus (Helios)

The Four Sons of Horus are sometimes described as the funerary deities (Death bringers??)

they cause the King to ascend to Khepri when he comes into being in the eastern side of the sky  (they pull the chariot of the sun God)

we learn that they, “spread protection of life over your father the Osiris King, since he was restored by the gods”,  “I will not be thirsty by reason of Shu, I will not be hungry (the opposite of what the Bible tells us)


Ultimately, Ra was the original Sun God (who was, effectively, to become Horus) and Ra makes an appearance in the cave art.

The eye of Ra;

Horus Leveled shrunk

So, we’ve gone full circle, in a round about way… and, yet again, Chauvet seems to have revealed another one of its little messages.

I may be able to pin this down even further should more exacting data come my way, but this gives me a rough outline as to what these horses may actually represent.. That being, my original idea of their association with the four horsemen of the apocalypse (even thought that’s a Christian thing)