Category: Philosophy & Mythology

Mighty Aphrodite

On a visit to Houston recently, I spent time at the wonderful Museum of Fine Arts. They have a very fine archeological department where I fell in love with this exquisite gold wreath. I could not believe how old it was, dated between 330 and 250 BC! The workmanship is mind blowing, you just about feel the paper thin leaves quiver in the wind…I assumed it was a Laurel Wreath, but in fact it is a Myrtle Wreath, associated with the goddess Aphrodite, which made it even more appealing!


GREEK Myrtle Wreath 330-250 BC Gold 12 x 1 3/8 inches

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If all the bearded “dudes” of today had his brain…

Quote of the day:

“Love is a serious mental disease”

Marble statue of  the ancient greek philosopher Plato


Greek philosopher, BC 427-BC 347

Phoenix, not in Arizona…

In Greek mythology, a “phoenix” or phenix (φοῖνιξ phoinix) is a long-lived bird that is cyclically regenerated or reborn. Associated with the sun, a phoenix obtains new life by arising from the ashes of its predecessor.


The Phoenix

Etching and Drypoint by Rembrandt van Rijn, 1658

Your reason and your passion are the rudder and the sails of your seafaring soul. If either your sails or your rudder be broken, you can but toss and drift, or else be held at a standstill in mid-seas. For reason, ruling alone, is a force confining; and passion, unattended, is a flame that burns to its own destruction. Therefore let your soul exalt your reason to the height of passion, that it may sing; And let it direct your passion with reason, that your passion may live through its own daily resurrection, and like the phoenix rise above its own ashes. Read the rest of this entry »