Apart from philosophical texts (including the ones attributed to Pre-Platonic authors and especially the ones written about them), the presence of this long-ranging tradition can also be felt in the narrative of myths. Costa offers some examples taken from the Odyssey and other ancient texts. Mythical stories such as the labyrinth of the Minotaur can be seen originally as the depiction of an initiation rite, which also includes a symbolic flight towards divinity. The story of the sirens, in Homer’s Odyssey, is interpretable in similar terms, where just one of the crew members of the ship, Ulysses, has to go through the ordeal of listening to the chant of the sirens. It’s not just that these scenes remind us of initiation rites; there is also a great deal of data, for example from the linguistic analysis of the terminology, pointing in this direction and making the comparison more than plausible, as the author shows with great richness of detail and depth of analysis.
In conclusion, La sirena di Archimede is one of these books that really opens new perspectives to the reader, and I strongly recommend it.