chapter  5
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The Erotics of Friendship and the Politics of Love

I will carry my sword in a myrtle branch, just like Harmodius and Aristogiton did when they killed the tyrant and led Athens to her liberty.

—Athenæus, Deipnosophistæ1

Quoniam autem contumeliosus Bion sophista, capillos pulchrorum Harmodios vocabat & Aristogitonas, tanquam simul ab ipsis à pulchra tyrannide amatores liberarentur.