... Yes, that was an Asterix reference. If you don't know what that is...
Anyway, take a look at this.
Most people are aware that the Greeks and Romans worshiped "Eros" or "Cupid." Make no mistake, Eros was the god of love, but also sexual attraction, lust, and so on, so forth. All of these were considered an integral part of a romantic relationship, as we should consider them today.
Of course, we tend to choke when we admit that "lust" is part of a healthy relationship too, but it is.
However, I at least hadn't ever heard of "Anteros."
I only have a loose understanding, but chew on this.
Eros, the god of sexuality and love, was lonely, so Ares and Aphrodite conceived of a new god: Anteros, god of requited love. The mutuality of what Eros embodied.
Aaaand put him with Eros as a "play-mate."
Don't forget this: 'Eros was associated with athleticism, with statues erected in gymnasia, and "was often regarded as the protector of homosexual love between men."'
Hm, I wonder what Eros and Anteros got up to at night, eh?
Oh, and I ran into a lot of people who were into mythology in high school. A lot of them thought Apollo was awesome.
How many of y'all know that Apollo was the patron deity of boy-love (along with the object of his love, Hyacinthus)? Y'know, president of the Mt. Olympus NAMBLA chapter? Isn't it funny how people are scared to mention that?
So Eros and Anteros are actually two (boy) gods of (gay) sex that fooled around at night- I'd love to see them make a statue of THAT and put it up in a park, by the way- not the innocent angels everyone is trying to make them out to be, and the god of the sun was also the god of taking thirteen-year-old boys out to a candlelit dinner.
Oh! Before I go: that line in 300 pissed me off.
The people who made that movie absolutely must have done their research (I attribute the errors in that movie to creative license) so what's with insinuating it was the Athenians who predominantly practiced pederasty and the badass Spartans would never dream?
Afraid it'd portray your good guys in a negative light? How about you just don't make the joke and look like tools?
The badass, killing-machine Spartans were the ones that did it the most. That's most certainly not the worst thing you could've mentioned, though.
I think the mass-murdering and oppression of slaves is a liiiiittle worse than them engaging in consensual inter-generational fooling around, don't you?
... and I know I mostly referred to the ancient Greeks instead of the Romans. Shut up. Asterix still rocks.
6 years, 10 months ago
13 Dec 2011 11:42 CET