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By Barbara Breitenberger

This ebook deals a groundbreaking revision of the preferred photo 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 detailed proposal at 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, although, used to be now not but a equally personified legendary determine at that level, nor did he have somebody cult.
Breitenberger follows the various levels of the advance of Eros's character. initially a cosmic entity and an unpersonified element of Aphrodite, he used to be given his legendary identification by means of successive archaic lyric poets who have been fairly willing to mythologize a male counterpart to the tested love-goddess Aphrodite. This male love-god seems to be the divinized homoerotic excellent of the male aristocracy 'worshipped' at their symposia. the improvement of the male love-god is taken for instance to illustrate that poets' inventive innovation in addition to their social and ancient history performed an immense function in growing Greek mythology.

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