THE RHETORIC OF GRAECO-ROMAN EROTIC LOVE VERSUS EARLY CHRISTIAN RHETORIC

Vossie Vorster

Abstract


Foucault, Veyne and others have indicated that early Christian morality was firmly
embedded in the Graeco-Roman ethos and should not be regarded as unique. The
article elaborates, using the notion of the “regulatory body,” expressed in terms of
Laquer’s “one-sex model” to show how rhetorics of love were determined by the
body politic of the “regulatory body,” entrenching, empowering and confirming
societal structures. It is argued that early Christianity’s rhetoric foists upon the
terminologies of Graeco-Roman erotic love, radicalising these terminologies by
interiorisation.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7833/90-0-1064

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