Eros and Polis: Desire and Community in Greek Political Theory by Paul W. LudwigEros and Polis: Desire and Community in Greek Political Theory by Paul W. Ludwig

Eros and Polis: Desire and Community in Greek Political Theory

byPaul W. Ludwig

Paperback | November 2, 2006

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Paul Ludwig examines how and why Greek theorists treated political passions as erotic. Because of the tiny size of ancient Greek cities, contemporary theory and ideology could conceive of entire communities based on desire. A recurrent aspiration was to transform the polity into one great household that would bind the citizens together through ties of mutual affection. In this study, Ludwig evaluates sexuality, love, and civic friendship as sources of political attachment and as bonds of political association.
Title:Eros and Polis: Desire and Community in Greek Political TheoryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.94 inPublished:November 2, 2006Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521031435

ISBN - 13:9780521031431

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements and a note on citations; Introduction; Part I. Political Eros: An Account from the Symposium: 1. Statesmanship and sexuality in Aristophanes' speech; 2. Law and nature in Aristophanes' speech; Part II. The Discourse of Political Eros: 3. Scientific poetic traditions of eros in Thucydides; 4. The problem of aggression; 5. The problem of sublimation; Part III. The Polis as a School for Eros: 6. Civic nudity; 7. Patriotism and imperialism as eros; List of works cited; Abbreviations; Other works cited; Index.

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"Ludwig makes a strong case that there is much to be found in Greek theory that can complete understanding of the role of Eros in modern politics. Recommended." Choice