Archive

Trees and wood | Part 3: Mythological trees

"... Sinis used to take hold of pine trees and draw them down. All those whom he overcame in fight he used to tie to the trees, and then allow them to swing up again. Thereupon ... the bound man...was torn in two. This was the way in which Sinis himself was slain by Theseus." I looked for examples of myths, rituals, and sacred spaces associated with trees and wood. Read more

Androgyne in myth

"The number and features of these three sexes were owing to the fact that the male was originally the offspring of the sun, and the female of the earth; while that which partook of both sexes was born of the moon, for the moon also partakes of both" Read more

Book Club | September 2022: Bravery of Women

"the fame of a woman should be known to many. ... man's virtues and woman's virtues are one and the same." Our Book Club selection for September is "Bravery of Women" from Plutarch's Moralia. Discussion starts and continues in the Forum, and we will meet via Zoom on September 27 at 11 a.m. EDT. Read more

Adornments: jewelry and more

The art of jewelry making can be observed under the word toreutikē, the art of ornamental works in metal. Other Greek terms include kosmos, jewel, ornament, or adornment; and glēnos, jewel or jewelry. In this post we share passages about jewelry, and treasures of the jeweler's art. Read more