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Erôs in Ancient Greece$
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Ed Sanders, Chiara Thumiger, Christopher Carey, and Nick Lowe

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199605507

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199605507.001.0001

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Stoic Erôs—Is There Such a Thing?

Stoic Erôs—Is There Such a Thing?

(p.143) 10 Stoic Erôs—Is There Such a Thing?
Erôs in Ancient Greece

Christopher Gill

Oxford University Press

This chapter re-examines the evidence for Stoic thinking on erôs, considered especially in relation to the Platonic view of ideal love. The Stoic account is more inclusive than Plato’s in allowing that ideal forms of love can have a sexual dimension. This reflects broader differences between the two theories, for instance, in their valuation of the body and sexual procreation, and does not mark any compromise of Stoic moral rigour. Although Stoic erotic ideals are often framed in pederastic terms, some Stoics see male-female marriage as a valid context for ideal love. The shocking theses about incest and other bizarre types of sexuality ascribed to Zeno reflect the peculiarities of our evidence for early Stoicism rather than expressing a radical or Cynic phase in their thought. Overall, their theory of erôs is seen as a humane, ethically informed account of interpersonal love.

Keywords:   Platonic, erôs, homoerotic, marriage, procreation, Musonius Rufus, Zeno, sexuality

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