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What of Sappho and the lady-loving ladies of Lesbos? One of the horny soldiers, writes Roderic Anderson in his memoir Free Radicalsaid how much he wanted sex. And, in the archaic period at least, there seems to have been an equally formulaic sexual practice when one's wooing got a result - "Athenian homosex", what they called diamerion, or "between-the-thighs" sex, ie "frottage". However, when you probe further, they argue that homosexuality is not in the Bible. When it came time for a boy to embrace the age group of the adult and to "become a man," he would leave the tribe in the company of an older man for a period of time that constituted a rite of passage. AE Housman had suggested something similar in an article he wrote in Philosophers Playwrights Poets Tyrants.
There are hints, however, that their sexual transactions were shockingly "straightforward" and did not involve any preliminary courting; and one particularly illustrious Elean, Phaedo, a member of the aristocracy, was said to have served as a male prostitute in his youth, "sitting in a cubicle", waiting to serve whoever walked in. Was this a garbled allusion to the "sanctioned lust" of Elis? This is the same argument that Robert Mugabe used to suppress the human rights of LGBT people in Zimbabwe; that the former president of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, used when he signed the most dangerous law against LGBT people in the modern world; and that President Yoweri Museveni used in a ceremonial signing of the anti-gay bill in Uganda. Log In Don't have an account? Nor was it forgotten in the Middle Ages, when Greek Ganymede became a codeword for sodomitical vice.