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Saturday, January 23, 2016

"ERASTIS" & "EROMENOS": ANCIENT GREEK LOVERS

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In ancient Greece not all men were gay, however sexual relationships between men were tolerated by most hellenic city-states. The most common sexual relationship between men was that between a mature man - teacher "erastis" and an adolescent tutor "eromenos". Regularly sexual relationship didn't include anal penetration. After "eromenos" was becoming a man and getting married, the two men used to keep a relationship of deep respect, while it was his turn to become an "erastis" to another young boy.

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Aphrodite, Adonis and Eros, Musee du Louvre