Firstly: I shall answer the questions posed in the comments from the last post. Those are D&D miniatures, and I did in fact paint them myself. I don't sell them frequently, as I typically do them for relaxation or my campaign. I've done commissions in the past, as doing custom miniatures is really the only way to guarantee that somebody wants to buy the durned thing.
Secondly: Does anybody know how to disable to damned Captcha? I hate those things, and so do you, so help me out here. Edit: Fixed. Thanks, folks!
Finally: I'm reading Daphnis & Chloe, the Hellenistic novel by Longus. (I'm reading it in the original 2nd century Greek, as this is my field of study.) Whilst reading, it became evident that two of the themes which permeate the novel most fully are mimesis -most familiar to all of you via Dawkins' appropriation of the word in creating 'meme', just as 'genesis' is the root of 'gene'- and eroticism. The idea I'm now exploring is that sex (at least to the Greeks) is a mimetic representation of love (eros) in a physical medium. Thoughts? The inputs of those majoring in anthropology, sociology, ancient studies, psychology, or cognition would be especially valuable.