Erôs and the Polis: Love in context


Ed Sanders


Arising out of a conference on ‘Erôs in Ancient Greece’, the articles in this volume share a historicizing approach to the conventions and expectations of erôs in the context of the polis, in the Archaic and Classical periods of ancient Greece.

The articles focus on (post-Homeric) Archaic and Classical poetic genres – namely lyric poetry, tragedy, and comedy – and some philosophical texts by Plato, Xenophon, and Aristotle.

They pursue a variety of issues, including: the connection between homosexual erôs and politics; sexual practices that fell outside societal norms (aristocratic homosexuality, chastity); the roles of sôphrosynê (self-control) and akrasia (incontinence) in erotic relationships; and the connection between erôs and other socially important emotions such as charis, philia, and storgê.

The exploration of such issues from a variety of standpoints, and through a range of texts, allows us to place erôs as an emotion in its socio-political context.


  • "'Erôs' and the 'polis'": an introduction
    Ed Sanders
  • Politics, poetics, and 'erôs' in archaic poetry
    James Davidson
  • Erotic 'charis': what sorts of reciprocity?
    Nick Fisher
  • The rejection of erotic passion by Euripides’ Hippolytos
    Dimitra Kokkini
  • 'Erôs' in Menander: three studies in male character
    Stavroula Kiritsi


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