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A. Definition

Paederasty was a form of homosexuality practiced in Greece among men of a certain age. A 12 to 18 year old 'youth' (παῖς/paîs) would be the 'beloved' (ἐρώμενος/erṓmenos) of a man older than 30, the 'lover' (ἐραστής/erastḗs), who would also educate him. Modern scholars asses the sexual and pedagogic aspects of paederasty variously; they explain it alternatively as a pedagogically embellished sexual relationship or as an erotically tinged educat…

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Hartmann, Elke (Berlin), “Paederasty”, 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 19 September 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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