Eros and Polis

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Author  Paul W. Ludwig
Publisher  Cambridge University Press
Publication Date   October 21, 2002
ISBN  0521810655
Pages  414

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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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