TYPES OF  LOVE  IN ANCIENT GREECE Eros was named after the Greek god of fertility, and represented the idea of sexual passion and desire. Storge embodies the love between parents and their children. Ludus was the Greek’s idea of playful love, which referred to the playful affection between children or young lovers. Agape was selfless love extended to all people – family members or distant strangers. Agape was later translated into Latin as caritas, which is the origin of our word charity. Philia or friendship was valued far more than the base sexuality of Eros. Philia concerned the deep friendship that developed between brothers in arms who had fought side by side on the battlefield. Pragma or mature love was the deep understanding that developed between long-married couples. It was about making compromises to help the relationship work over time, and showing patience and tolerance. Philautia or self-love, but there were two types. One was an unhealthy variety associated with narcissism, where you became self-obsessed, and focused on gaining personal fame and fortune. A healthier version of philautia enhanced your wider capacity to love. The idea was if you like yourself and feel secure in yourself, you will have plenty of love to give others.]]>