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Love gift
Man presents a leg of mutton to a youth with a hoop, in an allusion to boylove.[1] Athenian red-figure vase, ca. 460 BC

The hoop held symbolic meanings in Greek myth and culture to represent a youth. The Greeks referred to the hoop as the trochus or krikoi, and were probably made of bronze, iron, or copper. They were driven with a stick called the elater.[2] A bronze hoop was one of the toys of the infant Dionysus,[3] and hoop driving is an attribute of Ganymede, often depicted on Greek vase paintings from the 5th century BC. Images of the hoop are often presented in the context of boylove in ancient Greece.[4] A spear or trident is sometimes depicted penetrating the boy's hoop as symbolic allusion of the sexual nature of the relationship.[5]



Zeus and Ganymede

Kraters were used at banquets for mixing wine and water.[8]



  1. Antike Welten: Meisterwerke griechischer Malerei as dem Kunsthistorischen Museum Wien, 1997, pp.110-111
  2. Athletics and Games of the Ancient Greeks By Edward M Plummer; p50
  3. Forerunners and Rivals of Christianity: Being Studies in Religious History from 330 B.C. to 330 A.D. by Francis Legge; 1915 p. 125
  4. The ancient Olympics By Nigel Jonathan Spivey; p48