Theomnestus's discourse, like the contemporary poetry of Strato, is usually regarded as relating only to purely physical or recreational sex.10 But do Strato and Theomnestus merely discuss more openly a type of relations that had long coexisted with educational pederasty
? Or did Greek practice really change?
26, also does not cohere with a pederastic conception of homosexuality; one is at pains to see how homosexual activity by women (among whom the practice of pederasty
was unknown) is illustrative of or synonymous to the specific practice of pederasty
you can that Alcibiades arose from Socrates' bed not otherwise than do sons from the beds of their fathers." (38) Noting that night was a strange time for the philosopher to contemplate the beauty of Alcibiades' soul, he evokes a classic criticism of pederasty
when he wryly observes that Socrates preferred the souls of green youths to those of wise old men.
Heliodorus' Aithiopika, which is the latest of the surviving novels and is peculiar in a number of other respects, (27) is also the only surviving novel that does not contain any mention of pederasty
. It is worth noting that in all of these pederastic episodes every appearance of physical hubris as well as of crass monetary exchange is carefully avoided.
, we shall see, was not as fully accepted in Greek society as modern commentators have supposed, but in many cases brought risks for the boys of intense shame as well as physical damage.
Finally, the chapter on the historical constructions of pederasty
in Yourcenar and Renault (their reconstructions of Hadrian and Antinous and of Alexander, Hephaestion and Bagoas) offers a chance for a broad clarification of classical ideas of heroic companionship and pederastic relation within which we can understand our modern retellings as they are inflected/infected by modern ideas of homosexuality.
The only practice that was associated with Greece was the peculiarly Hellenic tradition of pederastic relations with free-born youth: Cicero's consuetudo, born in the Greek gymnasia, is not homosexuality but pederasty
. The distinction is crucial, although often blurred or simply disregarded in modern scholarship.(50) If the Greek cultural heritage had included.
, as idealized by the Greeks, existed from 750-480 B.C.
Moulton introduces the reader to Antonio Beccadelli's Hermaphroditus (ca 1425), a collection of controversial Latin epigrams that are direct and explicit in terms of sex and desire (and unfortunately, pederasty
Iarla Manny's "Oscar as (Ovid as) Orpheus: Misogyny and Pederasty
in Dorian Gray and Metamorphoses" reviews the data in Wilde's "Historical Criticism" notebook as well as The Commonplace Book, indicating that while Wilde had the analysis and research to refute his comment regarding Roman historians, Wilde chose not to include it in his submitted "Historical Criticism" essay.
," says Voris, joined in agreement by his fellow staff, Niles, Simon Rafe and Brad Eli.
The shooting came days after the conservative writer and provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos was quoted saying that he couldn't wait "for the vigilante squads to start gunning journalists down on sight." Yiannopoulos, you may recall, is the former Breitbart News editor who lost work after defending pederasty
, including a hypothetical relationship between an adult man and a 13-year-old boy.