Eros in Ancient Greece

Hardcover | February 10, 2013

EditorEd Sanders, Chiara Thumiger, Christopher Carey

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This edited volume brings together eighteen articles which examine the role of eros as an emotion in ancient Greek culture. Arising out of a conference held at University College London in 2009, the volume ranges from Archaic epic and lyric poetry, through tragedy and comedy, to philosophicaland technical treatises and more, and includes contributions from a variety of international scholars well published in the field of ancient Greek emotions.Taking into account all important thinking about the nature of eros from the eighth century BCE to the third century CE, and covering a very broad range of sources and theoretical approaches, both in the chronological and the generic sense, it considers the phenomenology, psychology, and physiologyof eros; its associated language, metaphors, and imagery; the overlap of eros with other emotions (jealousy, madness, philia, pothos); its role in political society; and the relationship between the human emotion and Eros the god. These topics build on recent advances in the understanding of ancient Greek homo- and heterosexual customs and practices, visual and textual erotica, and philosophical approaches to eros as manageable appetite or passion. However, the principal aim of the volume is to apply to the study of eros thetheoretical insights offered by the rapidly expanding field of emotion studies, both in ancient cultures and elsewhere in the humanities and social sciences, thus maintaining throughout the focus on eros as emotion.

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This edited volume brings together eighteen articles which examine the role of eros as an emotion in ancient Greek culture. Arising out of a conference held at University College London in 2009, the volume ranges from Archaic epic and lyric poetry, through tragedy and comedy, to philosophicaland technical treatises and more, and includ...

Ed Sanders is a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at Royal Holloway, University of London. His research focuses on emotions in ancient Greece, especially in the literature of the Classical period. His forthcoming monograph, based on his PhD, is entitled Envy and Jealousy in Classical Athens (OUP). Chiara Thumiger is a Research Associate ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:456 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.98 inPublished:February 10, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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PrefaceAcknowledgementsAbbreviationsNotesList of Contributors1. Ed Sanders and Chiara Thumiger: IntroductionPart 1: Phenomenology and psychology of erosChiara Thumiger: 2. David Konstan: Between appetite and emotion, or Why can't animals have eros?3. Chiara Thumiger: Mad eros and eroticized madness in tragedy4. Ed Sanders: Sexual jealousy and eros in Euripides Medea5. Armand D Angour: Love's battlefield: Rethinking Sappho fragment 316. Monstrous love? Erotic reciprocity in Aelian's De natura animaliumPart 2: Defining eros: Philosophy and scienceChiara Thumiger: 7. Olivier Renaut: Challenging Platonic eros: The role of thumos and philotimia in love8. Ralph M. Rosen: Galen, Plato, and the physiology of eros9. Eleni Leontsini: Sex and the city: Plato, Aristotle, and Zeno of Kition on eros and philia10. Christopher Gill: Stoic eros is there such a thing?Part 3: Divine Eros and human erosChiara Thumiger: 11. Glenn W. Most: Eros in Hesiod12. Emma Stafford: From the gymnasium to the wedding: Eros in Athenian art and cult13. Michele A. Lucchesi: Love theory and political practice in Plutarch: The Amatorius and the Lives of Coriolanus and AlcibiadesPart 4: Imagery and language of erosChiara Thumiger: 14. Douglas Cairns: The imagery of eros in Plato's Phaedrus15. James Robson: The language(s) of love in Aristophanes16. Vanessa Cazzato: Worlds of eros in Ibycus fragment 286 (PMGF)17. Maria Kanellou: Lamp and erotic epigram: How an object sheds light on the lover's emotions18. Andreas Fountoulakis: Male bodies, male gazes: Exploring eros in the twelfth book of the Greek AnthologyBibliographyIndex