(Boylove Documentary Sourcebook) - The Conventional Pederastic Ancient Greek Lyrical Motif of the Secondary Hair Growth of a Young Male Beloved Signalling the Decline in His Physical Attractiveness, as Featured in a Poem by Asclepiades of Adramyttium

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A boy running with hoop and food. Attic red-figure cup by the Colmar Painter, ca. 500–450 BC. Oxford, Ashmolean Museum, 1886.587.

From Homosexuality in Greece and Rome: A Sourcebook of Basic Documents, edited by Thomas K. Hubbard (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2003). Footnote omitted.

6.54 Asclepiades of Adramyttium, AP 12.36

Now you ask, when fine down creeps
Below your temples and sharp hairs upon your thighs.
Then you say, “For me this is sweeter.” Would someone also say
That the dry stubble is better than the smooth corn?

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.

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