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Love among the ruins : the erotics of democracy in classical Athens /

Classical Athenian literature often speaks of democratic politics in sexual terms. Citizens are urged to become lovers of the polis, and politicians claim to be lovers of the people. Victoria Wohl argues that this was no dead metaphor. Exploring the intersection between eros and politics in democrat...

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Main Author: Wohl, Victoria, 1966-
Format: eBook
Language: English
Published: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ℗♭2002.
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Summary: Classical Athenian literature often speaks of democratic politics in sexual terms. Citizens are urged to become lovers of the polis, and politicians claim to be lovers of the people. Victoria Wohl argues that this was no dead metaphor. Exploring the intersection between eros and politics in democratic Athens, Wohl traces the private desires aroused by public ideology and the political consequences of citizens' most intimate longings. Love among the Ruins analyzes the civic fantasies that lay beneath (but not necessarily parallel to) Athens's political ideology. It shows how desire can disrupt politics and provides a deeper insight into the democratic unconscious of ancient Athens. --From publisher's description.
Physical Description: 1 online resource (xii, 329 pages)
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (pages 285-312) and indexes.
ISBN: 9781400825295
1400825296