Eros and Polis: Desire and Community in Greek Political Theory

Eros and Polis: Desire and Community in Greek Political Theory

Paul W. Ludwig

Language: English

Pages: 416

ISBN: 0521031435

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Paul Ludwig examines how and why Greek theorists treated political passions as erotic. Because of the tiny size of ancient Greek cities, contemporary theory and ideology could conceive of entire communities based on desire. A recurrent aspiration was to transform the polity into one great household that would bind the citizens together through ties of mutual affection. In this study, Ludwig evaluates sexuality, love, and civic friendship as sources of political attachment and as bonds of political association.

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