By Barbara Breitenberger
Breitenberger follows different phases of the improvement of Eros's character. initially a cosmic entity and an unpersonified point of Aphrodite, he was once given his legendary identification through successive archaic lyric poets who have been really prepared to mythologize a male counterpart to the confirmed love-goddess Aphrodite. This male love-god seems to be the divinized homoerotic perfect of the male aristocracy 'worshipped' at their symposia. the advance of the male love-god is taken as an instance to illustrate that poets' creative innovation in addition to their social and ancient heritage performed a major function in growing Greek mythology.
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