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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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Introduction

Introduction

Chapter:
(p.1) 1 Introduction
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Erôs in Ancient Greece
Author(s):

Ed Sanders

Chiara Thumiger

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199605507.003.0001

This introductory chapter first sets out the book's purpose, which is to contribute to research on the question — What is erôs? — by offering an altogether new approach: a keen focus on the ancient emotion, as opposed to the mythological or philological item. It then reviews recent scholarship on erôs, followed by a description of the book's organization and structure. The chapters in this volume analyze and problematize the ancient emotion of which the literary (and occasionally figurative) representation is a medium, mindful of the theoretical challenges and caveats that such enterprises notoriously entail. In order to do this, they cover a broad range of sources and theoretical approaches, both in the chronological and the generic sense, but firmly located in the context of ancient Greek culture.

Keywords:   ancient emotion, Eros, erôs, Greek culture, literary representation

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