By Barbara Breitenberger

ISBN-10: 0415890330

ISBN-13: 9780415890335

ISBN-10: 0415968232

ISBN-13: 9780415968232

This booklet 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 - exhibits the exact proposal 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 if, used to be now not but a equally personified legendary determine at that degree, nor did he have a person cult.
Breitenberger follows the various levels of the improvement of Eros's character. initially a cosmic entity and an unpersonified element of Aphrodite, he was once given his legendary identification by means of successive archaic lyric poets who have been quite prepared 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 for example to illustrate that poets' inventive innovation in addition to their social and ancient history performed a major function in developing Greek mythology.

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