Originally Posted by hyperskeptic
Yeah, that's fairly explicit in The Symposium and in Phaedrus and . . .
It's not quite right to attribute pederasty - which would be the technical term for it, I suppose ('erastes' = 'lover') - to "the Greeks" in general. It was more of an Athenian thing. Aristotle, who grew up in Macedonia, had no tolerance for the practice.
I understand it was also practiced in Sparta. A boy would be taken into the mens' world and sort of be assigned to an older guy who would become his mentor/lover.
OK, I'm done hijacking. But I just love talking about ancient times!
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