Ancient Greek And Greek Mythology

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According to Greek mythology, humans were originally created with four arms, four legs and a head with two faces. Fearing their power, Zeus split them into two separate parts, condemning them to spend their lives in search of their other halves.
― Plato, The Symposium Everybody has naturally experienced love, whether it was for a family member, a friend, a pet, a significant other, or even themselves. But exactly what is love and why does it naturally happen? Though love is an easy word to say, it is not as easy to define it in just words. Perchance, this is why in ancient Greek, this simple, yet complicated emotion is broken down into four different distinctions: agápe, éros, philía, and storgē.
Agápe, meaning “love” in modern day Greek, is referred to a general affection or a deeper sense of true love, often to one’s spouse or longtime partner, differing from éros . It can be recalled as the feeling of being content..
Éros, the most commonly known distinction, is passionate, romantic love, with an intense desire for something, usually sexual desires. Éros can be applied to dating relationships and marriages. Plato, an ancient Greek philosopher, refined his own definition of éros as an appreciation of the beauty within a person. In addition, éros would not necessarily mean physical attachment in Plato’s definition, hence the term “platonic love”.
Philía refers to friendship love, which is the type of love that evolves into éros. Philía is a more general type of love…
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