WRESTLING WITH EROS: THE MYTH OF ANTEROS AND ITS MEANINGS

with Craig Stephenson PhD

DATES: Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd November

Wrestling With Eros concerns a little-known Greek myth. According to this myth (alluded to by Cicero and Pausanias), Aphrodite, worried about the fact that her son Eros will not grow, follows the advice of her sister Themis and conceived a child with Ares, the god of War. Eros' brother, Anteros, becomes not much the opposite of Eros as his counterpart, the god who comes into play when the arrows of Eros are not properly acknowledged.

The Saturday lectures range from the cult of Anteros in classical Athens, where it vanished leaving few traces, to its reappearance in the Renaissance, and later, in the Romantic period. We will explore how artists, writers and philosophers (Titian, Guido Reni, Nerval, Fuseli, Alfred Gilbert, to name a few) resurrected aspects of the myth of Anteros for a variety of purposes.

On Sunday, we will look for evidence of Anteros both in the erotic problems of contemporary culture and in clinical case studies. I suggest how Anteros might appear in modern dress and propose how his presence might help our understanding of he experiences of Eros today.

BIOGRAPHY

Craig Stephenson PhD is a graduate of the C. G. Jung Institut Zurich, the Institut fur Psychodrama auf der Grunglage der Jungschen Psychologie, and the Centre for Psychoanlytic Studies, University of Essex. His recent publications include Possession: Jung's Comparative Anatomy of the Psyche (Routledge 2009) and the translation from the French of Luigi Aurigemma'a Jungian Perspectives (Universityh of Scranton Press, 2007). He is an analyst in private practice in Paris, France.


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