Eros: The Myth Of Ancient Greek Sexuality

Eros: The Myth Of Ancient Greek Sexuality

Bruce S Thornton


Eros: the parable of historic Greek Sexuality is a arguable e-book that lays naked the meanings Greeks gave to intercourse. opposite to the romantic idealization of intercourse dominating our tradition, the Greeks observed eros as a strong strength of nature, in all probability harmful, and short of keep watch over by means of society: Eros the Destroyer, now not Cupid the Insipid, fired the Greek imagination.The destructiveness of eros will be noticeable in Greek imagery and metaphor, and within the Greeks’ attitudes towards girls and homosexuals. photos of affection as hearth, affliction, storms, madness, and violence—Top forty track clichés for us—locate eros one of the unpredictable and lethal forces of nature. the attractive Aphrodite embodies the fascinating probability of intercourse, whereas femmes fatales like Pandora and Helen characterize the dicy charms of lady sexuality. And homosexuality typifies for the Greeks the scary strength of an indiscriminate urge for food that threatens the steadiness of tradition itself.In Eros: the parable of historic Greek Sexuality, Bruce Thornton deals a uniquely sweeping and accomplished account of historic sexuality freed from at present stylish theoretical jargon and pretentions. In its conclusions the booklet demanding situations the distortions of a lot contemporary scholarship on Greek sexuality. And all through it hyperlinks the cautious attitudes of the Greeks to our present-day matters approximately love, intercourse, and relations. What we see, ultimately, are the origins of a few of our personal perspectives in addition to a imaginative and prescient of sexuality that's might be extra sincere and mature than our personal risky illusions.

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