Barbara Breitenberger's Aphrodite and Eros: The Development of Greek Erotic PDF

By Barbara Breitenberger

ISBN-10: 0415890330

ISBN-13: 9780415890335

ISBN-10: 0415968232

ISBN-13: 9780415968232

This publication deals a groundbreaking revision of the preferred photo of Aphrodite and Eros that lives on in Roman poetry (Venus and Cupid) and has encouraged artists for hundreds of years. An interdisciplinary research of the Archaic interval - utilizing literary, iconographical, and cultic facts - indicates the designated thought in the back of the 2 deities of affection. Aphrodite's personality, sphere of effect, and serve as characteristic in her conventional myths and are good mirrored in cult. Eros, even though, used to be no longer but a equally personified legendary determine at that level, nor did he have a person cult.
Breitenberger follows the several phases of the improvement of Eros's character. initially a cosmic entity and an unpersonified element of Aphrodite, he used to be given his legendary identification by way of successive archaic lyric poets who have been rather willing to mythologize a male counterpart to the validated love-goddess Aphrodite. This male love-god seems to be the divinized homoerotic perfect of the male aristocracy 'worshipped' at their symposia. the improvement of the male love-god is taken as an instance to illustrate that poets' creative innovation in addition to their social and historic heritage performed a tremendous function in developing Greek mythology.

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