CLAS104 Lecture Notes - Lecture 10: Eileithyia

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Demeter will be covered in lecture on wednesday. Who or what is eros was a hot topic at plato"s symposium! They have different hypotheses on who or what eros actually is. Aristophanes" fable: eros is merely the name for the desire and pursuit of a whole. Thus fable gave a hint at their sexual orientation back then! So aristophanes said that eros is the force which brings people back together with their opposites so they can be whole again! Diotima"s allegory: son of poverty and resourcefulness ; the desire for what one lacks and the ability to obtain it. Poverty and resourcefulness were personified into minor gods. Aphrodite was having a party and invited resourcefulness who was drunk. Poverty was there as well to beg though she wasn"t invited. Poverty saw that resourcefulness was drunk and took advantage of him and so eros was conceived.

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