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Author Calame, Claude,
Title Greci e l'eros. English
The poetics of eros in Ancient Greece / Claude Calame ; translated by Janet Lloyd.
Imprint Princeton, New Jersey : Princeton University Press, [1999]

Author Calame, Claude,
Subject Erotic poetry, Greek -- History and criticism.
Literature and society -- Greece.
Poetics -- History -- To 1500.
Sex in literature.
Alt Name Lloyd, Janet, 1934-
Description 1 online resource (xxvi, 213 pages) : illustrations
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 201-205) and indexes.
Note Translation of I Greci e l'eros : simboli, pratiche e luoghi.
Contents Tragic Prelude: The Yoke of Eros -- The Topics of Eros -- The Eros of the Melic Poets -- The Eros of Epic Poetry -- The Symbolic Practices of Eros -- The Pragmatic Effects of Love Poetry -- The Pragmatics of Erotic Iconography -- Eros in Social Institutions -- Eros in the Masculine: The polis -- Eros in the Feminine: The Oikos -- Dionysiac Challenges to Love -- The Spaces of Eros -- The Meadows and Gardens of Legend -- The Meadows and Gardens of the Poets -- The Metaphysics of Eros -- Eros as Demiurge and Philosopher -- Mystic Eros -- Elegiac Coda: Eros the Educator.
Summary "The Poetics of Eros in Ancient Greece offers the first comprehensive inquiry into the deity of sexual love, a power that permeated daily Greek life. Claude Calame uses an anthropological and linguistic approach to re-create indigenous categories of erotic love. He maintains that Eros, the joyful companion of Aphrodite, was a divine figure around which poets constructed a physiology of desire that functioned in specific ways within a network of social relations. Calame begins by showing how poetry and iconography gave a rich variety of expression to the concept of Eros, then delivers a history of the deity's roles within social and political institutions, and concludes with a discussion of an Eros-centered metaphysics. Calame's treatment of archaic and classical Greek institutions reveals Eros at work in initiation rites and celebrations, educational practices, the Dionysiac theater of tragedy and comedy, and in real and imagined spatial settings. For men, Eros functioned particularly in the symposium and the gymnasium, places where men and boys interacted and where future citizens were educated. The household was the setting where girls, brides, and adult wives learned their erotic roles--as such it provides the context for understanding female rites of passage and the problematics of sexuality in conjugal relations. Through analyses of both Greek language and practices, Calame offers a fresh, subtle reading of relations between individuals as well as a quick-paced and fascinating overview of Eros in Greek society at large"--Provided by publisher.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 9781400849154 (electronic book)
1400849152 (electronic book)
9780691043418 (cloth)
0691043418 (cloth)
OCLC # 858947761
Additional Format Print version: Calame, Claude. Greci e l'eros. English. Poetics of eros in Ancient Greece 9780691043418 (DLC) 98037129 (OCoLC)39713881

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