Eros Ἔρως
(1,113 words)

I. Name

Eros is passionate love or desire and also the Greek god of love (frequently but not always the son or companion of Aphrodite, other candidate mothers including Eileithyia, Iris and Nyx). As so often in Greek (and Roman) religion, in this case as well, the deity and his domain coincide terminologically (‘Person-Bereichdenken’), because the Greeks drew no sharp distinction between the passionate desire and the deity who brought it about. In…

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P. W. van der Horst, “Eros Ἔρως”, in: Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible Online, Edited by: Karel van der Toorn, Bob Becking, Pieter W. van der Horst. Consulted online on 20 January 2019 <>

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