Goat Song 1967
Ariston, a young heroic Spartan, is cursed ___ and blessed.
All who see him, declare that Ariston personifies the Hellenic ideal of male
beauty. During the time of the Peloponnesian War ___ a period of dynamic
energy, burgeoning culture and festering decadence___ the male body is
worshipped as godly on the battlefield and slave market, in the temple and the
brothel. Goat Song is the story of a young man who must use his physical attributes to
survive. It is also a story of Socrates’ discourses and Alcibiades’ revels. It
tells of the conflict between Sparta’s brutal code and Athens philosophic
sophistication. Caught between these contradictions, Ariston is forced to choose between his manhood
and his passions.
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