By Barbara Breitenberger
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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Aphrodite and Eros: The Development of Greek Erotic Mythology by Barbara Breitenberger