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Eros in the Greco-Roman tradition
In the classical world, the phenomenon of love was generally understood as a kind of madness or, as the Greeks put it, theia mania (“madness from the gods”).

This love passion was described through an elaborate metaphoric and mythological psychological schema involving “love’s arrows” or “love darts”, the source of which was often given as the mythological Eros or Cupid, sometimes by other mythological deities (such as Rumor.

At times, the source of the arrows was said to be the image of the beautiful love object itself. If these arrows were to arrive at the lover’s eyes, they would then travel to and ‘pierce’ or ‘wound’ his or her heart and overwhelm him/her with desire and longing (love sickness). The image of the “arrow’s wound” was sometimes used to create oxymorons and rhetorical antithesis concerning its pleasure and pain.

“Love at first sight” was explained as a sudden and immediate beguiling of the lover through the action of these processes, but was not the only mode of entering into passionate love in classical texts.

At times the passion could occur after the initial meeting, as, for example, in Phraedra’s letter (IV) to Hippolytus in Ovid’s Heroides: "That time I went to Eleusis… it was then most of all (though you had pleased me before) that piercing love lodged in my deepest bones.

At times, the passion could precede the first glimpse, as in Paris’ letter (XVI) to Helen of Troy in the same work, where Paris says that his love for her came upon him before he had set eyes on her: “…you were my heart’s desire before you were known to me. I beheld your features with my soul ere I saw them with my eyes; rumour, that told me of you, was the first to deal my wound.”

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I knew I wanted to be an artist at age 4 (Full story: Click on full portfolio, Click on my name)

I am permanently disabled and work at home. Previously, I have been employed as Art Director at California Manufacturers Association and Production Artist at SMW Communications of Sacramento CA.

I studied art at The Academy of Art in San Francisco 1977-79
Mediums:
Oils. Acrylics. Watercolors. Pastels. Inks. Charcoals. Graphites.

Currently I am focused and self taught in Digital Art.

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  • Angelo Aguinaldo
    Angelo Aguinaldoalmost 4 years ago

    Love it!

  • THANK YOU EVER SO…;)

    – Tammera

  • LisaBeth
    LisaBethalmost 4 years ago

    fabulous loving image! delightful.

  • THANK YOU EVER SO LISABETH..;)

    – Tammera

  • Elaine Bawden
    Elaine Bawdenalmost 4 years ago

    Beautiful, excellent artwork~ Elaine

  • THANK YOU KINDLY DEAR ELAINE…;)

    – Tammera

  • MelDavies
    MelDaviesalmost 4 years ago

    V nice

  • THANK YOU MEL…:)

    – Tammera

  • kevinmawson
    kevinmawsonalmost 4 years ago

    BEAUTIFUL WORK TAMMERA! A DEF FAV!

    km.

  • AWWW…THANX EVER SO DEAR KEVIN…:)

    – Tammera

  • Littlehalfwings
    Littlehalfwingsalmost 4 years ago

    Very Pretty!

  • THANK YOU KINDLY LITTLE WINGS…)

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  • eoconnor
    eoconnoralmost 4 years ago

    well done lovely colours tammera !LIZ

  • THANK YOU KINDLY DEAR LIZ…:)

    – Tammera

  • Norma-jean Morrison
    Norma-jean Mor...almost 4 years ago

    SO BEAUTIFUL YOUR ART…THE DETAIL PERFECT BEAUTIFUL AND THE WRITE SUPERB….ALL LOVE TO YOU TAMMERA.
    NORMAJEAN.

  • THANK YOU EVER SO DEAR NORMAJEAN..;)

    – Tammera

  • Greta  McLaughlin
    Greta McLaughlinalmost 4 years ago

    Beautiful work Tammera!!!!!!

  • THANK YOU DEAR GRETA….;)

    – Tammera

  • walstraasart
    walstraasartalmost 4 years ago

    Sweet fantastic digital work Tammera

  • THANX KINDLY DEAR THEA…:)

    – Tammera

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