(Boylove Documentary Sourcebook) - Youthful Male Thighs and Buttocks as Pederastically Eroticized Body Parts in a Poem by Dioscorides

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Naked Young Boy Laying Outdoors (1858) by Johann Rudolf Koller. Oil on canvas, 92.5 × 75.5 cm.

From The Boyish Muse (Ancient Greek: Μοῦσα Παιδική Mousa Paidike; Latin: Musa Puerilis [2nd Century AD]), compiled by Strato, in Book 12 of The Greek Anthology (Latin: Anthologia Graeca, 10th–14th Century), Volume 4, translated by W. R. Paton, Loeb Classical Library (London: William Heinemann; Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 1918).


Love, the murderer of men, moulded soft as marrow the back-side of Sosarchus of Amphipolis in fun, wishing to irritate Zeus because his thighs are much more honeyed than those of Ganymede.

Ganymede pouring Zeus a libation. Attic red-figure calyx-krater by the Eucharides Painter, c. 490–480 BC. New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art, L.1999.10.14.

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