Part 5: Declarations of Love in Ancient Greece

Welcome back to our blog, and today is February 5th - 1/3 of the way to Valentine's Day has passed, and I'd like you to join me on our trip through history from Greece all the way up. Ready to go! Let us begin then.

In Ancient Greece, love was considered a very powerful emotion. It could change the course of history, and it often played a role in literary works. There were many different ways to express love in Ancient Greece, and one of the most popular methods was through declarations. A declaration of love is a formal statement that expresses your feelings for someone else. In this blog post, we will take a closer look at declarations of love in Ancient Greece!

The first thing to note about declarations of love in Ancient Greece is that they were often very formal. In fact, many of them were written in verse form. This was because poetry was considered to be the highest form of art at the time. As a result, poets would often use their poems as a way to express their feelings for others.

One of the most famous declarations of love in Ancient Greece was written by Sappho. She wrote a poem called “Lover’s Lament,” which is considered one of her greatest works. The poem begins with these lines:

"If you could hear at night when I lie down alone how I cry out for you, my beloved

and stretch out my arms to you, if only I could embrace your ghostly form."

The poem goes on to describe how she misses her lover and wishes that he would come back to her. It’s an incredibly powerful declaration of love because it shows just how much Sappho loved this person, and she was willing to express it through the poem.

For me, it's remarkable how simple and yet strong these words are. These ancient Greeks were remarkably well-informed. I'm not a fan of talking just in poems; it's not my cup of tea, but I am a fan of the power of simplicity. These were simply my two cents to say, let's continue reading in the history book.

Another famous declaration of love in Ancient Greece is found in Plato’s Symposium. In this work, Aristophanes tells a story about how humans used to have four arms and legs until Zeus cut them all down into two pairs as punishment for their hubris against him. As a result, humans were forced to find new ways to express their love for one another. This is how the tradition of kissing came about!

We used to have four arms, two pairs of arms? Aside from the fact that I can't really fathom how I'd look with four arms, I'm curious about how our bouquets would turn out if we had the opportunity to work with four hands at once. In addition, honestly - if I had two arms and would need to give one pair up in order to obtain the ability to kiss - I'd have no problem doing so.

Interestingly, declarations of love in Ancient Greece weren’t just limited to heterosexual relationships. There were also many same-sex declarations of love that took place during this time period. One of the most famous examples of this was between Achilles and Patroclus. In Homer’s Iliad, we learn that these two men were lovers who fought together during the Trojan War (which took place approximately 1250 BC).

In addition to declarations of love in Ancient Greece, there were also many other ways that people expressed their feelings for one another. For example, they might give a gift or perform some sort of service on behalf of their beloved. In the end, though, it’s clear that love was an important part of life during this time period and that people were willing to do whatever it took in order to express those feelings!

Let me conclude this post with a few personal remarks.

We show our respect for the resources we need and utilize for our day-to-day work, as well as our connection to you when we arrange flowers and tie bouquets for you. We want to do this with the highest level of commitment, to ensure that you enjoy your bouquet as much as we enjoyed arranging it.

We are also inspired by how people in ancient times used their creativity and ingenuity when they thought about how best to express love using only words or gestures. I think it is a good thing that we have more possibilities to express our feelings today - but we should not forget that it is also possible to show love with simple words and deeds.

Thanks for reading this post, until tomorrow!


Your Christian Felix