- Title Pages
- 1 Introduction
- Part I Phenomenology and Psychology of <i>Erôs</i>
- 2 Between Appetite and Emotion, or Why Can’t Animals Have <i>Erôs</i>?
- 3 Mad <i>Erôs</i> and Eroticized Madness in Tragedy
- 4 Sexual Jealousy and <i>Erôs</i> in Euripides’ <i>Medea</i>
- 5 Love’s Battlefield: Rethinking Sappho Fragment 31
- 6 Monstrous Love? Erotic Reciprocity in Aelian’s <i>De natura animalium</i>
- Part II Defining <i>Erôs</i>: Philosophy and Science
- 7 Challenging Platonic <i>Erôs</i>: The Role of <i>Thumos</i> and <i>Philotimia</i> in Love
- 8 Galen, Plato, and the Physiology of <i>Erôs</i>
- 9 Sex and the City: Plato, Aristotle, and Zeno of Kition on <i>Erôs</i> and <i>Philia</i>
- 10 Stoic <i>Erôs—</i>Is There Such a Thing?
- Part III Divine Eros and Human <i>Erôs</i>
- 11 Eros in Hesiod
- 12 From the Gymnasium to the Wedding: Eros in Athenian Art and Cult
- 13 Love Theory and Political Practice in Plutarch: The <i>Amatorius</i> and the <i>Lives of Coriolanus and Alcibiades</i>
- Part IV Imagery and Language of <i>Erôs</i>
- 14 The Imagery of <i>Erôs</i> in Plato’s <i>Phaedrus</i>
- 15 The Language(s) of Love in Aristophanes
- 16 Worlds of <i>Erôs</i> in Ibycus Fragment 286 (<i>PMGF</i>)
- 17 Lamp and Erotic Epigram: How an Object Sheds Light on the Lover’s Emotions
- 18 Male Bodies, Male Gazes: Exploring <i>Erôs</i> in the Twelfth Book of the <i>Greek Anthology</i>
- (p.1) 1 Introduction
- Erôs in Ancient Greece
- Oxford University Press
This introductory chapter first sets out the book's purpose, which is to contribute to research on the question — What is erôs? — by offering an altogether new approach: a keen focus on the ancient emotion, as opposed to the mythological or philological item. It then reviews recent scholarship on erôs, followed by a description of the book's organization and structure. The chapters in this volume analyze and problematize the ancient emotion of which the literary (and occasionally figurative) representation is a medium, mindful of the theoretical challenges and caveats that such enterprises notoriously entail. In order to do this, they cover a broad range of sources and theoretical approaches, both in the chronological and the generic sense, but firmly located in the context of ancient Greek culture.
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