Testosterone dreams: rejuvenation, aphrodisia
It all revolves around the Aphrodisia
, a riotous three-day festival where -- according to a recent BBC article, which cites the celebration as an ancient form of sex tourism -- "having sex with strangers was not only possible but obligatory: hordes of pilgrims who came to Aphrodite's shrine would evoke her name before having intercourse with her temple maids."
What seemed to be the object of reflection for the Greeks in matters of sexual conduct was not the act itself, or its forms (i.e., sexual "orientation"), it was, rather, with what force is one transported by the aphrodisia
Ci si educa secondo una "dietetica" nella quale l'eros insegue una ragione pedagogica con il fine di formare giovani padroni del proprio piacere, individui in grado di vivere la dimensione della temperanza, quella dimensione del comportamento, o meglio, quella forma della liberta che individua, nella techne degli aphrodisia
, una funzione ethopoietica.
In Machon (258-322 Gow = Athenaeus 13.610d), Diphilus goes to Gnathea's place to celebrate the Aphrodisia
, bringing with him all the apparatus for the party, including perfume, garlands, snacks, a kid goat, ribbons, fish, a cook, and a piper for later ([TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII]).
That is, while studying the practices of aphrodisia
in Antiquity, he had also discovered, somewhat unexpectedly, a more general phenomenon; "the principle that one should tell the truth about oneself in all of ancient morality, and in Greek and Roman culture" (2011: 4).
He hands Agatha over to Aphrodisia
, a wicked women with a telling name, and her nine wicked daughters.
La experiencia etica que Foucault denomina aphrodisia
permite contrastar al concepto de deseo que, segun el filosofo, obedeceria a una ontologia de la carencia, con aquel del placer, que remitiria a una ontologia de la fuerza, capaz de asociar entre si "actos, placeres y deseos".