The Rambling Writer’s Greek Islands 2019, part 5: Kos Museum

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

NOTE: Of course, Thor and I had to make another trip to Greece, as he’s fallen as much in love with the islands as I am. This time I wanted to return to Crete after 37 years, to introduce Thor to “glorious Kriti” and research more settings for my novel-in-progress, THE ARIADNE DISCONNECT. After time-traveling via ruins and museums to explore the mysterious, vanished Minoan culture, we went ferry-hopping to relax on a couple of our favorite islands.

Since we visited the healing sanctuary of the Asklepios last week (post of May 9), today we’ll revisit the small archaeology museum in Kos Town, a special gem with an amazing range of offerings. We were 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.

Next week we’ll visit a reconstructed Roman villa among other Hellenistic ruins in Kos Town, so 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’s Greek Islands 2019, part 5: Kos Museum — 4 Comments

    • It’s fascinating to read about their history! I guess they were quite the rage with the Greeks in art during the Classic period, as apparently many men found them titillating.