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By Barbara Breitenberger

ISBN-10: 0415890330

ISBN-13: 9780415890335

ISBN-10: 0415968232

ISBN-13: 9780415968232

This ebook bargains a groundbreaking revision of the preferred picture 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 proof - indicates the certain proposal in the back of the 2 deities of affection. Aphrodite's personality, sphere of impact, and serve as function in her conventional myths and are good mirrored in cult. Eros, even if, used to be no longer but a equally personified legendary determine at that level, nor did he have somebody cult.
Breitenberger follows the several levels of the improvement of Eros's character. initially a cosmic entity and an unpersonified element of Aphrodite, he was once given his legendary id by way of successive archaic lyric poets who have been fairly prepared to mythologize a male counterpart to the tested love-goddess Aphrodite. This male love-god seems to be the divinized homoerotic perfect of the male aristocracy 'worshipped' at their symposia. the advance of the male love-god is taken to illustrate to illustrate that poets' creative innovation in addition to their social and old history performed a major function in developing Greek mythology.

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