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In parts of Greece, pederasty was an acceptable form of homoeroticism that had other, less socially accepted manifestations, such as the sexual use of slaves or being a pornos prostitute or hetairos the male equivalent of a hetaira. This page was last edited on 9 Februaryat Often the sources make it clear that the "boys" they are referring to are in fact 18 or over: But the image of an idealised non- sexual same-sex love was still powerful enough at the end of the 19th century for Oscar Wilde to think it a good idea to invoke the Greek example - "that deep spiritual affection that is as pure as it is perfect" - in his defence when charged with sodomy. Upon their return to the city, the youth sacrificed the ox to Zeus, and his friends joined him at the feast.

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Only those in the age-grade above, "18" and "19", a group usually referred to as Striplings meirakia or Cadets neaniskoiwere allowed to exercise alongside them.

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Megara cultivated good relations with Sparta, and may have been culturally attracted to emulate Spartan practices in the 7th century, when pederasty is postulated to have first been formalized in Dorian cities. Greeks took to social networking sites to complain about the NET channel's decision to axe a scene from episode one of the series showing a kiss between a visiting duke and Downton 's unscrupulous footman Thomas. The historian's job is to present pederasty and all, to make sure that … we come face to face with the way the glory that was Greece was part of a world in which many of our own core values find themselves challenged rather than reinforced. This is especially important when we come to the question of age. Gay Studies from the French Cultures p.

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Indeed Plato himself eventually made so bold. Archived from the original on 29 November As classical historian Robin Osborne has pointed out, historical discussion of paiderastia is complicated by 21st-century moral standards:. Sexual variety, not excluding paiderastiawas characteristic of the Hellenistic era ; see Peter Green"Sex and Classical Literature," in Classical Bearings: When the sources compare and contrast Athenian homosexuality with, say, Theban or Spartan homosexuality, they are not referring to undercover reportage - "My night spent with the Army of Lovers: He might have extended the comparison to take in this point: The initiatory theory claims to account not for the existence of ancient Greek homosexuality in general but rather for that of formal paiderastia.

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