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I. Definition

The term homosexuality describing physical love directed towards a partner of the same sex is not ancient. It fails to describe typical ancient sexual life in that it asserts an individual characteristic. Sexual behaviour was, however, determined in antiquity less by individual inclinations than by social status as free or non-free, young or old, man or woman. The idea that sexuality related to …

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Hartmann, Elke (Berlin), “Homosexuality”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 26 October 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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