The ancient Greeks would have been shocked by our crudeness in using a single word both to whisper “l love you” over a candlelit meal and to casually sign an email “lots of love.”
- EROS (sexual passion) – [N]amed after the Greek god of fertility, and it represented the idea of sexual passion and desire. [E]ros was viewed as a dangerous, fiery, and irrational form of love that could take hold of you and possess you.
- PHILIA (deep friendship) – It was about showing loyalty to your friends, sacrificing for them, as well as sharing your emotions with them.
- LUDUS (playful or silly love) – [T]he affection between children or young lovers.
- AGAPE (selfless love for the world) – This was a love that you extended to all people, whether family members or distant strangers.
- PRAGMA (deep understanding or mature love) – [T]he deep understanding that developed between long-married couples.
- PHILAUTIA (love of self) – One was an unhealthy variety associated with narcissism, where you became self-obsessed and focused on personal fame and fortune. A healthier version enhanced your wider capacity to love.
Couple of different linguistics articles today. Tasty, tasty words…