[Milton-L] Adam's better half

jonnyangel junkopardner at att.net
Sun Dec 19 10:25:21 EST 2010


All i know is that one plus one doesn't equal one - it equals two. :-)


- Jonny





On Aug 14, 2010, at 3:50 PM, Jason Kerr wrote:

> The idea of a spouse or lover as one's "other half" goes back to  
> Plato's Symposium, in which one of the speakers (can't recall who  
> at the moment) proposes that people were initially created in three  
> genders (male, female, and hermaphroditic), but these people were  
> too powerful, so the gods split them in two--whence the idea of  
> love as the quest for one's other half. Now, as to when this other  
> half became "better" (or "dearer," as Milton has it) perhaps  
> another list member will have more insight than I.
>
> Jason A. Kerr
>
> On Sat, Aug 14, 2010 at 3:38 PM, Jeremiah Douglas  
> <jdcommonly at gmail.com> wrote:
> Milton's Adam says of Eve in P.L. 5:95 "Best image of myself and  
> dearer half" -- so, when did all this "better half" stuff start?
>
> Jeremiah
>
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