(Boylove Documentary Sourcebook) - Pederastic Desire in a Poem by Rhianus

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Figurine of Flying Eros. Greek, Hellenistic period, ca. 200–130 BCE. Probably made at Myrina (Modern Greece). Terracotta. Columbia, University of Missouri, Museum of Art and Archaeology, 81.2.

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).


Boys are a labyrinth from which there is no way out; for wherever thou castest thine eye it is fast entangled as if by bird-lime. Here Theodorus attracts thee to the plump ripeness of his flesh and the unadulterate bloom of his limbs, and there it is the golden face of Philocles, who is not great in stature, but heavenly grace environs him. But if thou turnest to look on Leptines thou shalt no more move thy limbs, but shalt remain, thy steps glued as if by indissoluble adamant; such a flame hath the boy in his eyes to set thee afire from thy head to thy toe and finger tips. All hail, beautiful boys! May ye come to the prime of youth and live till grey hair clothe your heads.

Mirror cover with winged Eros. Bronze. Greek, Early Hellenistic Period, about 300 B.C. Boston, Museum of Fine Arts, 98.671a.

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