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By Barbara Breitenberger

This ebook bargains a groundbreaking revision of the preferred snapshot 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 targeted suggestion in the back of the 2 deities of affection. Aphrodite's personality, sphere of impression, and serve as characteristic in her conventional myths and are good mirrored in cult. Eros, besides the fact that, was once no longer but a equally personified legendary determine at that degree, nor did he have someone cult.
Breitenberger follows different levels of the improvement of Eros's character. initially a cosmic entity and an unpersonified element of Aphrodite, he used to be given his legendary id through successive archaic lyric poets who have been really willing to mythologize a male counterpart to the confirmed love-goddess Aphrodite. This male love-god seems to be the divinized homoerotic excellent of the male aristocracy 'worshipped' at their symposia. the advance of the male love-god is taken for instance to illustrate that poets' inventive innovation in addition to their social and historic historical past performed a massive function in developing Greek mythology.

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