Eros: The Myth Of Ancient Greek Sexuality by Bruce S ThorntonEros: The Myth Of Ancient Greek Sexuality by Bruce S Thornton

Eros: The Myth Of Ancient Greek Sexuality

byBruce S Thornton

Paperback | February 13, 1998

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Eros: The Myth of Ancient Greek Sexuality is a controversial book that lays bare the meanings Greeks gave to sex. Contrary to the romantic idealization of sex dominating our culture, the Greeks saw eros as a powerful force of nature, potentially dangerous, and in need of control by society: Eros the Destroyer, not Cupid the Insipid, fired the Greek imagination.The destructiveness of eros can be seen in Greek imagery and metaphor, and in the Greeks' attitudes toward women and homosexuals. Images of love as fire, disease, storms, insanity, and violence?Top 40 song clich¿for us?locate eros among the unpredictable and deadly forces of nature. The beautiful Aphrodite embodies the alluring danger of sex, while femmes fatales like Pandora and Helen represent the risky charms of female sexuality. And homosexuality typifies for the Greeks the frightening power of an indiscriminate appetite that threatens the stability of culture itself.In Eros: The Myth of Ancient Greek Sexuality, Bruce Thornton offers a uniquely sweeping and comprehensive account of ancient sexuality free of currently fashionable theoretical jargon and pretentions. In its conclusions the book challenges the distortions of much recent scholarship on Greek sexuality. And throughout it links the wary attitudes of the Greeks to our present-day concerns about love, sex, and family. What we see, finally, are the origins of some of our own views as well as a vision of sexuality that is perhaps more honest and mature than our own dangerous illusions.
Bruce S. Thornton is professor of classics and chairman of the Department of Foreign Languages at California State University at Fresno.
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Title:Eros: The Myth Of Ancient Greek SexualityFormat:PaperbackDimensions:303 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:February 13, 1998Publisher:Taylor and Francis

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0813332265

ISBN - 13:9780813332260

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Long on our shelves Helped to frame my understanding of human sexuality and identity in a fuller, more grounded way... rather than by the ebb and flow of trends in identity politics. Literate and engaging.
Date published: 2018-02-08

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Classics scholar Bruce S. Thornton argues that the Greeks were not hedonistic and saw Eros as a dangerous force in need of control. Thornton offers an iconoclastic account of ancient sexuality that links the wary attitudes of the Greeks to our own modern concerns about love, sex, and family. We see here a vision of sexuality that is perhaps more honest and mature than our own dangerous illusions