Love, alla greca

A satyr trying to rape Aphrodite (Athens, National Archaeological Museum)

Aphrodite and a satyr

New on Lacus today: ps-Plutarch, Love Stories/Ἐρωτικαί διηγήσεις. Five charming stories of rape, murder, and vengeance — not a word about love in any of them — as only the Greeks could write them.

Actually, that’s not quite true: parental love is in there, poking its head out from the various slaughters, curses, and suicides. If you really do want to read a Greek love story though, you’ll do much better to read Heliodorus’ Aethiopica.

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