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Love Gods and Goddesses, Love Magic, and Erotic Symbolism

Love magic, erotic symbolism, and articles on ancient eroticism.

Cupid - Lupercalia - Valentine's Day - Eros
A retelling of the myth of Cupid and Psyche.

Erotic Images from Pompeii and Herculaneum
James Martin took advantage of his 45-minute tour of the camera segretta in Naples, taking photographs of explicit scenes from Pompeii and Herculaneum.

Love, Sex, and Tragedy, by Simon Goldhill Book Review
"Why study classics?" is such an open-ended question that to get 321 pages that actually stick to the point -- more or less -- is pretty impressive. That Simon Goldhill does that while providing a survey of the classics and its impact on history, laced with many fascinating facts and truly illustrative photos is quite a feat.

Pomegranate Seeds
Pluto tries seduction:"Why should you be so frightened, my pretty child?" said he, trying to soften his rough voice. "I promise not to do you any harm. What! you have been gathering flowers? Wait till we come to my palace, and I will give you a garden full of prettier flowers than those, all made of pearls, and diamonds, and rubies."

Ancient Goddesses of sexuality, love, and fertility
Personifying abstract powers, gods and goddesses are held responsible for many of the mysteries of life. One of the most important mysteries to humanity is that of birth. Fecundity and sexual attraction are key elements in the survival of a family or race.

Greek Eros and Philia Love Magic
Native speakers of English distinguish between lust and love, but tend to get confused when we look at the Greek distinction between eros and agape (or philia).

Love Apples
Mela fruit, apples, pomegranates and quinces, are associated in various mythologies and rituals with marriage. The traditional explanation is that these fruits are filled with seeds and therefore stand for fertility.

Cupid - Lupercalia - Gamelion - Valentine's Day
Valentine's Day and other amorous February events.

Ancient Greek Eroticism - Introduction
There is in fact evidence that romantic eros was seen as homosexual all over Greece. Sparta, even with its relatively free women, had homosexual relationships built into the structure of the training all young Spartan men received.

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