11 Facts About Athenian pederasty


Scholars have debated the role or extent of Athenian pederasty, which is likely to have varied according to local custom and individual inclination.

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Athenian pederasty is aware of his attractiveness, but self-absorbed in his relationship with those who desire him.

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Athenian pederasty will allow the lover to greet him by touching, affectionately, his genitals and his face, while he looks, himself, demurely at the ground.

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Athenian pederasty is unwilling to let himself be explored by the other's needy curiosity, and he has, himself, little curiosity about the other.

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Greek practice of Athenian pederasty came suddenly into prominence at the end of the Archaic period of Greek history.

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Athenian pederasty received special clothing that in adult life marked him as kleinos, "famous, renowned".

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In general, Athenian pederasty as described in the Greek literary sources is an institution reserved for free citizens, perhaps to be regarded as a dyadic mentorship.

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Athenian pederasty gives as examples of such pederastic couples the Athenians Harmodius and Aristogeiton, who were credited with the overthrow of the tyrant Hippias and the establishment of democracy, and Chariton and Melanippus.

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Greek Athenian pederasty was seemingly already institutionalized in Crete at the time of Thaletas, which included a "Dance of Naked Youths".

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Nature of Spartan Athenian pederasty is in dispute among ancient sources and modern historians.

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Ethical views held in ancient societies, such as Athens, Thebes, Crete, Sparta, Elis and others, on the practice of Athenian pederasty have been explored by scholars only since the end of the 19th century.

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