Published on 12 Feb 2013
Need a cure for romantic love? Then turn to the Ancient Greeks, who identified six different kinds of love. Writer and cultural thinker Roman Krznaric talks about their radical and inspiring approach to love, drawing on his book THE WONDERBOX: Curious Histories of How to Live (Profile Books).
He describes how the Ancient Greeks were far more sophisticated in the art of loving than we are today. Their different words for love included ‘eros‘ (sexual passion), ‘philia‘ (deep friendship), ‘ludus‘ (playful love), ‘pragma‘ (mature love), ‘agape‘ (selfless love) and ‘philautia‘ (self-love).
N.B. It is a statue of Anteros in Piccadilly Circus NOT Eros.
In Greek mythology, Anteros (Ancient Greek: Ἀντέρως, Antérōs) was the god of requited love, literally “love returned” or “counter-love” and also the punisher of those who scorn love and the advances of others, or the avenger of unrequited love.
Anteros was the son of Ares and Aphrodite in Greek mythology, given to his brother Eros, who was lonely, as a playmate, the rationale being that love must be answered if it is to prosper. Alternatively, he was said to have arisen from the mutual love between Poseidon and Nerites. Physically, he is depicted as similar to Eros in every way, but with long hair and plumed butterfly wings. He has been described also as armed with either a golden club or arrows of lead.
Recorded live at All Ears Storythyme, Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club, London, November 22, 2011. www.allearsevents.co.uk
SOUNDS GOOD TO ME< HEY LADIES WANT SOME LUDUS TODAY?