is simply accepted for its role in philosophy as part of the Hellenic way of life.
Second, several features of Rom 1:26-27 reflect a more general view of homosexuality and not simply the practice of pederasty
. (26) For this reason God gave them up to degrading passions.
When he finally comes to his description of the spiritual ascent enabled by beauty, Plato's famous "ladder of love," his lover will not climb by way of the right pederasty
invoked by Diotima.
The gymnasium, a peculiarly Greek institution, is regularly associated with pederasty
in classical and post-classical sources.
Let us explore Greek pederasty
from the point of view of the child rather than the adult.
of both homosexuality and pederasty
as narcissistic and the philosophic
As Veyne and Cantarella have insisted, those Roman texts that explicitly identify certain sexual practices as `Greek', simultaneously implying disapproval,(38) refer not to male homosexual behaviour as a whole but specifically to the Greek tradition of paiderastia or pederasty
: romantic and sexual relations with free-born young men that came equipped with an entire array of expectations and conventions, including an educational and sometimes specifically philosophical overlay.(39) But neither scholar provides support for this contention by means of a comprehensive review of those sources that point to `Greek custom' in this regard, and I here offer such a review in order to demonstrate the validity of their thesis.
From Abortion to Pederasty
: Addressing Difficult Topics in the Classics Classroom
It is often referred to as Greek Pederasty
. The term derives from the combination of pais (Greek for 'boy') with erastes (Greek for 'lover'; cf.
In June he was quietly suspended from his posts in the Cebu Archdicoese along with priestly functions to celebrate Mass in public but the sanction was not known until Archbishop Jose Palma last week responded to the National Geographic expose to affirm that the church supports the ban on ivory smuggling and that the Vatican had started an investigation of Garcia on a case of pederasty
even before the magazine article was released in late September.
When combined with suggestions about causes of priestly pederasty
, or the necessity of general absolution because of sheer distances and numbers, the Vatican's response seems even faster.
Among specific topics are hegemonic structures in late archaic and early classical Elis and Sparta, education and pederasty
in Spartan and Cretan society, Spartan and Greek religion, and visualizing Spartans and barbarians in Xenophon's Lakedaimonion Politeia, and whether Sparta was an normal or an exceptional polis.