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date: 16 October 2019

Ĕrōs, 

Source:
The Oxford Dictionary of the Classical World
Author(s):
John RobertsJohn Roberts

god of love. Eros personified does not occur in Homer, but the Homeric passages in which the word ĕrōs is used give a clear idea of the original significance. It is the violent physical desire that drives Paris to Helen, Zeus to Hera, and shakes the limbs of the suitors of Penelope. A more refined conception of this Eros who affects mind and body appears in the Archaic lyric poets. Because his power brings peril, he is cunning, unmanageable, cruel; in ... ...

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