Heathcliff and Cathy: Platonic Lovers

Ancient Greek philosophy sheds light on a Victorian classic.

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This krater, on display at an exhibit of ancient Mediterranean pottery at San Francisco Airport, depicts a symposium. From my notes: Symposia were male drinking parties. Wives were excluded, but hetairai (courtesans) were welcome. Music, dancing, games and “erotic activity” were also part of symposia. / Photo by author.

“And like Lucifer in John Milton’s Paradise Lost, it is from earth that Cathy will effect her rebellion.”

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I write about the intersection of arts and ideas, my small contribution to the #ThinGraphiteLine between civilization and its collapse.

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