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Eros (ER-os, IR-) noun

1. The god of love, son of Aphrodite in Greek mythology.

2. The sum of all instincts for self-preservation. Sexual drive; libido.

3. Often eros. Creative, often sexual yearning, love, or desire.

[Latin Eros, from Greek, from eros, sexual love.]

"Bioethics was founded by people who understood that the new biology touched and threatened the deepest matters of our humanity: bodily integrity, identity and individuality, lineage and kinship, freedom and self-command, eros and aspiration, and the relations and strivings of body and soul." Leon R. Kass, Why we should ban the cloning of humans., The New Republic, 2 Jun 1997.

This week's theme: words from Greek and Roman mythologies.

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There is no king who has not had a slave among his ancestors, and no slave who has not had a king among his. -Helen Adams Keller (1880-1968)


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