Greek adult sex
And it is true: the Jewish and Christian attitudes and obsessions have never played a role in the sexual lives of the ancient Greeks.In their eyes, it was not despicable when a married man had affairs with boys, although the Athenians expected a man to have children -especially sons- with his lawful wife.
This version is is based upon the Egyptian mythology and takes place in a temple complex of ancient Egypt.the lyrical poetess Sappho), but we simply don't know much about lesbianism.Therefore, in this article, we will have to focus on male homosexuality. It looks like an ancient Greek expression, but word and concept are modern inventions: the expression was coined in 1869 by the Hungarian physician Karoly Maria Benkert (1824-1882).Violent debate, enthusiastic writings, shamefaced silence, flights of fantasy: few aspects of ancient society are so hotly contested as Greek pederasty, or - as we shall see below - homosexuality. We can discern two approaches: In the present article, we will use the second approach, although we won't ignore the first one. Dover published his influential book Greek Homosexuality in 1978, an avalanche of new studies has appeared.He will never take an initiative, looks shy, and is never shown as excited.
It is assumed by many modern scholars that as soon as the adolescent had a beard, the love affair had to be finished. It was certainly shameful when a man with a beard remained the passive partner (pathikos) and it was even worse when a man allowed himself to be penetrated by another grown-up man.
Unfortunately, we know hardly anything about female homosexuality.
Of course, this does not mean that it did not exist (cf.
According to the proponents of this theory, pederasty came to being on the Dorian island Crete, where grown-up men used to kidnap (consenting) adolescents.
It is assumed that this practice spread from Crete to the Greek mainland.
There are many sources of evidence: lyrical poetry, vases, statues, myths, philosophical treatises, speeches, inscriptions, medical texts, tragedies, comedies, curses (example), and anecdotes in which homosexual practices are mentioned, lauded, ignored, and sometimes discouraged.