The Cycladic Art Museum shows “Eros: From Hesiod’s Theogony To Late Antiquity”


Marble group of Eros (Love), left, and Psyche (Soul) who exchange a passionate kiss is displayed at the Museum of Cycladic Art in Athens. AP Photo / Thanassis Stavrakis.

Sex, love and lust among the gods, rulers and lesser
mortals of the ancient world are the focus of a new exhibition in the Greek
capital this month.
Phallic-shaped lamps, love letters engraved in clay
and erotic symbols on lucky charms dating from 7 BC to 4 AD are just a fraction
of what visitors will see at an exhibition dedicated to the Greek and later
Roman god of love. “Eros: From Hesiod’s Theogony to late antiquity” runs
from Dec 10 to April 5, 2010 at the Cycladic Art Museum, featuring a collection
of 280 artifacts from 50 museums in Greece, Cyprus, Italy and France, including
the Louvre.