The Rambling Writer Explores More Greek Islands, Part 22: Kos Museum

Come marvel with Thor and me at the treasures of ancient culture on the island of Hippocrates and healer-god Asklepios.

NOTE: Since our recent trip to Greece to research more settings for my novel-in-progress, THE ARIADNE DISCONNECT, Thor and I knew we had to return to this magical region. My first entry in this new blog series posted here on Saturday, 10/20/2018. It gives an overview of our rambles from Athens to seven islands in the Dodecanese and Cyclades groups, ending our ferry-hopping pilgrimage on the anciently sacred island of Delos.

Among the rich setting of ancient and Medieval sites woven into modern Kos Town, the small archeology museum is a special jewel. We were amazed at the range of offerings on display, and grateful that the museum had reopened after a period of closure (possibly due to a recent earthquake that had damaged and closed some other buildings in town). Many of the statues and mosaics reflected the island’s heritage as the birthplace of Hippocrates, “father of modern medicine,” who honored the healer-god Asklepios as he established healing sanctuaries and teaching centers. The mosaic above is from the Roman House of Asklepios, dating from around 250 AD, depicting the arrival of the god on Kos. He is greeted by a citizen of Kos, while Hippocrates is seated at left.

Since we visited a reconstructed Roman villa in last week’s blog post, I’ll start with the museum’s collection of beautiful marble statues depicting the Greek gods as still honored by the Romans around 200 AD. First up, Artemis, goddess of the hunt and wilderness:

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The Rambling Writer Explores More Greek Islands, Part 22: Kos Museum — 4 Comments

  1. Those were fascinating. I especially liked that second female statue, which to me seemed to be modeled after a real woman, rather than the generic “perfect features” of so many statues.

    • I agree, Sherwood, about the second statue. She looks so real, as if you could see her graceful movements in and out of that pose, with the draperies flowing around her.

  2. I forget if I said this before but I think it is interesting how the serpent is revered in Greek culture but maligned in others. Especially considering that many animals (e.g. primates) seem to have an inborn fear of them.

    • Yes, the healing serpents are very prominent! I encountered them myself, years ago, when I was walking through the grassy meadow along one side of the healing center of Epidauros. Apparently the patients slept with them during “incubation” in order to have dreams that would reveal a cure.

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