Enrichment and Inspiration for Beta Sigma Phi Sisters from Marilyn Ross
Who is she, anyway?
Diotima, the Wise Woman of Mantinea, is used as a symbol of wisdom in the rituals of Beta Sigma Phi.
The International Office researched information on Diotima and conferred with educators of Greek history and language. In addition, they wrote and visited with natives from Athens. From our sources, we found that Diotima was not a goddess; however, we still do not have enough evidence to confirm her actual existence. We do know that Socrates thought she was a woman of great insight.
So, she is a bit of a lady of mystery, our Diotima. Perhaps that is why, in part, Mrs. Terry made her an important part of the Beta Sigma Phi rituals she created.
We do not know much about the character, but we do know she was a seeker of truth with very high standards for living and learning. She had a philosophy that embraced love in the broadest and most beautiful sense.