Although the subject of homosexual and pederastic
desire was transgressive and distasteful at the turn of the twentieth-century, and indeed pederasty remains so, it is valorized by both authors who challenge its 'sick' classification by associating it with invigorating creative energy and spiritual renaissance.
Though early Mayans are thought to have been strongly antagonistic to same-sex relationships, later Mayan states employed pederastic
For example, Matthew Arnold's "Empedocles on Etna" details the story of a philosopher --whom Dellamora describes as "squarely in Greek pederastic
tradition" (72)--who kills himself by leaping into a volcano when his passion for a young man remains unrequited.
Plato preserves its pederastic
overtones, however, by replacing the riddle of the foot with a riddle of wood and rock.
Dover portrayed pederastic
relationships as strictly hierarchical affairs wherein older "lovers" had all the fun at the expense of sexually and emotionally passive--i.
Plato's Symposium epitomizes the misconstrual; seekers of Beauty to achieve immortality are encouraged to rise from pederastic
love of physical beauty to soulful beauty on to beautiful learning until finally you reach contemplating beauty itself (209e5-212a7).
But at the very ending of the chapter, noting Horace's well-known vulnerability to pederastic
desire--the love of young girls and boys--Sinfield concludes that Jonson need not address it because it was not worth addressing: "unlicensed cross-gender relations were regarded as more dangerous than private, same-gender liaisons" (51-52).
these lesbic and pederastic
loves, these adulterous intrigues, sustained in mid-air now, floating on the face of night like a starred veil, had none the less been spun from man's common dust of sweated clay, unwound out of the entrails of man's agony.
Young men were introduced to the group and inducted into the rites and rituals of the symposion as a companion and erosmenos of an adult male with whom he was involved in a pederastic
Anteros, the brother of Eros, was the god of fulfilled love and was sometimes associated with the feelings of a boy towards the dominant man in a pederastic
relationship, but not necessarily so.
At the same time, there were jurists who resisted such sweeping prohibitions and allowed the composition of pederastic
So when Bacon writes that the new order of scientific research demands that we "not make scruple of entering and penetrating into these holes and corners" of nature, we may be mistaking a representation of the foraminous or a multiply perforated body for a misogynistic or pederastic
injunction to exert domination through sexual penetration.