(BLSB) - The Engrossing Influence of Pederastic Sexual Pleasure on the Behavior of Men, as Stated in a Passage from the 'Oeconomicus' by Xenophon

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Two men court an ephebe. Attic red-figure amphora by the Pig Painter, ca. 470–460 B.C. Madrid, Museo Arqueológico Nacional, 1999.99.86.


From Greek Homosexuality by K. J. Dover (Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 1989). First published by Gerald Duckworth & Co. in England in 1978.

Compare Xen. Oec. 12.13f.:

‘In my opinion,’ said Iskhomakhos, ‘those who are distraught over sex, (duserōtes tōn aphrodīsiōn, ‘in love, to their misfortune, with sexual intercourse’) ‘cannot be taught to care about anything more than that. It is not easy to discover any hope or concern more pleasurable than concern for paidika ...’.


Pederastic erotic scene: Intercrural sex between a teenager and a young man. Fragment of an Attic black-figure cup, c. 550–525 BC. Paris, Musée du Louvre, F 85 Bis.

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