Agape, Eros, Phileos
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An epigram written to a Roman pagan or gnostic, pontificating on their conquest of the Greeks.
As usual with all foreign written language in the labyrinth, the letters shift as you focus your eyes on them, making the piece of parchment legible.
However, you could swear that some of the glyphs that all now refer to the same words looked different to you a moment ago.
"‘But love’s not love it’s more like love,’ he told
me, using words from my own tongue, from us
imported. What compartmentalizing
these Romans do! They speak as if the dusk
was no yet sill the sun!
They took our gods,
remade, refashioned, mixed up meanings, names –
a pantheon of mush. This first, but then
these men with garum doused and drowned our food.
And now, the lecture me on our own words...”
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- Agape, Eros, Phileos - Three words for the concept of "love" in the Ancient Greek language, each representing one of its facets.
- Agape - "True" or "pure" love. In early Christian-Greek texts the love of the Abrahamic God for humanity is called Agape.
- Eros - Desire or "sexual" love. The deity associated with this concept, also named Eros, is popularly represented as a winged boy wielding a bow. Eros has different origins in Hellenistic traditions.
- As a primordial force, it is them who rouse Chaos (the void) into creating the universe.
- As the son of Aphrodite, he is paired with is younger brother Anteros, whose absence prevents Eros' growth.
- Phileos - Also known as philia is the "brotherly" love. Powerful friendships and even sexual relationships have been called philia.
- Garum - An ancient Roman condiment made from brining fish for about a month. Both its taste and smell have been described as fetid; even so, it was popular in the all Roman territory especially on coastal cities.