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Eros
(805 words)

(Ἔρως; Érōs).

[German version]

[1] Personification of sexual desire

Greek personification of love as sexual desire (Latin Amor, Cupido). Usually, E. is regarded as being the son of  Aphrodite, in whose sphere of influence he represents a central figure.  Ares is named as his father (Simon. fr. 43B). Not mentioned in Homer, E.'s image in archaic poetry is developed into an expression of the complex and contradictory exp…

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Graf, Fritz (Columbus, OH) and Birley, A. R. (Düsseldorf), “Eros”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 06 March 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e401810>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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