The dome is the leading idea or motif in Byzantine ecclesiastical architecture; the domes are placed over square, not circular apartments, and their bases are brought to a circle by means of pendentives.
The fact that this theme is commonly called the " Ring-motif " is a glaring instance of what Wagner has had to endure from his friends.
Why should a Ring-motif be transformed into the theme representing Walhalla?
But one of the Rhine: daughters tells him that " he who could make the gold into a ring would become master of the world," and to these words the so-called Ring-motif is first sung (see Melody, Example II).
The motif of the former is the poet's futile endeavour, in a dream, to ward off the arrows of Dame Beautee by Reason's "scheld of gold."
As regards the sources of the narrative part of the Periodoi, it is possible that the "recognition" motif was a literary commonplace.
In A; Todtentanz; Fantasie ueber Motif aus Beethoven's ' ` Ruinen von Athen "; Fantasie ueber Ungarische National Melodien; Schubert's Fantasia in C; Weber's Polacca in E.
An important motif in magico-religious ritual, which may not have been without effect on the development of sacrifice, is, as Dr Frazer's main thesis in The Golden Bough asserts, the imparting of reproductive energy to animals, plants and man himself, its cessation being suggested by such phenomena as old age and the fall of the year.