Topic for Discussion

Some Thoughts on Plutarch

In September 2022 the Kosmos Society Book Club read Plutarch’s Virtues of Women. We discussed the main themes: the fight for justice, defeating the oppressor, and Plutarch’s writing skills. However, there were some themes...that made me think of other similar stories, and made me want to do some further analysis. Read more

Automatons

"There were golden handmaids also who worked for him, and were like real young women, with sense and reason [noos], voice also and strength, [420] and all the learning of the immortals; these busied themselves as the king bade them" Read more

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

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