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    DescriptionEros and Polis 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, Paul Ludwig evaluates sexuality, love and civic friendship as sources of political attachment and as bonds of political association. Studying the ancient view of eros recovers a way of looking at political phenomena that provides a bridge, missing in modern thought, between the private and public spheres, between erotic love and civic commitment. Ludwig's study thus has important implications for the theoretical foundations of community.


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    Title
    Eros and Polis
    Subtitle
    Desire and Community in Greek Political Theory
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Paul Ludwig
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 412
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 228 mm
    Thickness: 32 mm
    Weight: 788 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780521810654
    ISBN 10: 0521810655
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 17430
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S2.1
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: SOC
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3D
    BIC subject category V2: JFCX, JFSJ
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 05
    BIC subject category V2: JPA
    BISAC V2.8: PHI019000
    DC21: 320.01
    DC22: 320.01
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN, CULT/GREECE
    Libri: I-PL
    Ingram Subject Code: PL
    BISAC V2.8: SOC012000
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: TP050
    Ingram Theme: SEXL/GAY
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 37
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    B&T General Subject: 610
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002000, HIS002010, PHI010000
    DC22: 320/.01
    LC subject heading:
    BIC subject category V2: 3D
    LC subject heading: , , , , , ,
    LC classification: JC73 .L83 2002
    Thema V1.0: QDTS, JPA, JBCC9, JBSJ
    Publisher
    CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Imprint name
    CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Publication date
    01 November 2002
    Publication City/Country
    Cambridge
    Review quote
    "Eros and Polis is wonderful and a much needed contribution to the examination of Classical Greek political thought." Bryn Mawr Classics Review "Ludwig makes a strong case that there is much to be found in Greek theory that can complete understanding of the role of Eros in modern politics. Recommended." Choice
    Table of contents
    Acknowledgements and a note on citations; Introduction; Part I. Political Eros: An Account from the Symposium: 1. Statesmanship and sexuality in Aristophanes' speech; 2. Law and nature in Aristophanes' speech; Part II. The Discourse of Political Eros: 3. Scientific poetic traditions of eros in Thucydides; 4. The problem of aggression; 5. The problem of sublimation; Part III. The Polis as a School for Eros: 6. Civic nudity; 7. Patriotism and imperialism as eros; List of works cited; Abbreviations; Other works cited; Index.