Greek Homosexuality: Updated and with a new Postscript by K. J. Dover

By K. J. Dover

To what volume and in what methods was once homosexuality authorized by means of the traditional Greeks? An eminent classicist examines the evidence--vase work, archaic and classical poetry, the dialogues of Plato, speeches within the legislations courts, the comedies of Aristophanes--and reaches provocative conclusions. A dialogue of girl homosexuality is integrated.

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We have already had occasion to remark that since no one but an Athenian citizen could hold administrative office at Athens or make a proposal in the assembly, foreigners were not affected by the law which imposed penalties on men who sought to exercise these functions after prostituting themselves; we have also seen good reason to believe that homosexual prostitution per se did not incur a penalty. We should expect in consequence that boys and men who made a living from homosexual prostitution would be predominantly non-Athenian, and this expectation is borne out by a section (§ 195) of Aiskhines' peroration: Tell those who are hunters of such young men as are easily caught to turn to foreign visitors or resident foreigners, so that they may not be denied the pursuit of their inclinations and you (sc.

2, 34. 18. I do not countenance the strange notion that women 'really want' to be raped, but I am acquainted with a case in which, according to her own private testimony, a woman violently resisting rape became aware that her immediate desire for sexual intercourse had suddenly become much more powerful than her hatred of her attacker. The Greeks, given their presuppositions about female sexuality (cf. ), may have thought that such an occurrence was common; they did not expect the passive partner in a homosexual relationship (cf.

But when he is enrolled on the register (sc. as an adult citizen) ... thereafter the legislator speaks not to anyone else, but to Timarkhos 1 1 himself. Yet we read in §14: 11. We expect 'the boy hin1self', and it is possible that that is what Aiskhines wrote; but see Kaimakis 35f. and Wankel 72. Penalties 29 The law (sc. which exempts the prostituted boy from maintaining his father) deprives the father during his lifetime of the benefits of begetting children, just as the father (sc. deprived) the boy of his freedom of speech.

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