EROS AND ERIS: Love and Strife In and Beyond the Greco-Roman World

Ori Z Soltes
New Academia Publishing, 2021
580 pages, 10 illustrations
ISBN 978-1-7359378-3-0 paperback
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About the Author

Ori Z Soltes is Teaching Professor, Center for Jewish Civilization, School for Foreign Service at Georgetown University. He is the author of Magic and Religion in the Greco-Roman World: the Beginnings of Judaism and Christianity; Untangling the Middle East: A Guide to the Past, Present and Future of the World’s Most Chaotic Regio; God and the Goalposts: A Brief History of Sports, Religion, Politics, War, and Art; Tradition and Transformation: Three Millennia of Jewish Art &Architecture; Jews on Trial: From the Time of Jesus to Our Own Time; Our Sacred Signs: How Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Art Draw from the Same Source; Mysticism in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam: Searching for Oneness; Embracing the World: Fetullah Gulen’s Thought and Its Relationship to Jelaluddin Rumi and Others; The Glory of Ukraine: Golden Treasures and Lost Civilizations; and others.

EROS AND ERIS: Love and Strife In and Beyond the Greco-Roman World

This book considers Greek and Latin literature as a prism through which Greco-Roman civilization may be understood through the specific lens of the interweave of two concepts, eros (love) and eris (strife).



“Soltes is a skillful writer. This should be an engaging book both for specialists and for the intellectually curious lay reader.”

—Ben Lawton, Professor Emeritus of Italian Studies and Film&Video Studies, Purdue University.


“This book is a valuable addition to the enormous literature on classicism and the fields of literature, art, and intellectual history spanning large historical and cultural/religious periods. It will stand out, both because of its expansive, panoramic survey of subjects, literary masterworks and their historical creators, as well as due to the skillful and enthralling manner of exposition that the author engages.”

—Alex S. Kohav, PhD, Metropolitan State University of Denver


“Particularly timely and welcomed is Soltes’ examination of women characters throughout; as archaeologists and literary critics alike have pointed out, women in the ancient world are often missing – from texts as well as dig trenches.  To have this wealth of analysis, however often it reveals the misogynistic slant, is invaluable.”

—Adrianne E. Pierce, PhD, Head of Classics and Middle School DEI Coordinator, Hackley School