Although the term is new, discussions about sexuality in general, and same-sex attraction in particular, have occasioned philosophical discussion ranging from Plato's Symposium to contemporary queer theory. Since the history of cultural understandings of same-sex attraction is relevant to the philosophical issues raised by those understandings, it is necessary to review briefly some of the social history of homosexuality. Arising out of this history, at least in the West, is the idea of natural law and some interpretations of that law as forbidding homosexual sex.
Homosexuality and pedophilia in ancient Greece greatly concerned many researchers who were mainly interested in highlighting the social aspect of this phenomenon in ancient Greek society. An important source on the subject was the paintings of a man and his lover in attic black and red figured pottery, up to the end of the 5th century BC. Another main source was the information that derived from the texts of ancient Greek literature, especially poetry.
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At the end of the holiday season, the Mykonos summer struggles pointlessly against an approaching winter that will banish not only the sun but the foreign intruders. The winter says it's time for us to go and give the island back to its rightful owners. Mykonos oozes charm, with its whitewashed buildings and colorful shutters, turquoise-domed churches, brightly colored flowers on sills and picturesque boutiques lining cobble-stoned pathways. Nude beaches beckon, and your reluctance and innate shyness vanish as you shed your clothes and bathe naked in the sunshine, playing in the gorgeous, translucent blue-green ocean.
S parta. A group of teenage girls are carrying a plough through the night, like a team of oxen. Teenage girls, invol-ved in some kind of ritual, processing towards a mountain ridge.
Greek font help for Macs. While many contemporary gay men think of Ancient Greece as an idyllic time for unbridled homosexual behaviour, the truth as ever is much more complex and - dare I say it? This book helped to strip away many of the misconceptions about same-sex love in the Classical world that had grown up during the nineteenth century and that were becoming commonplace with the growth of the Gay Liberation movement from the late s.
Theodore Tsipiras grew up in a typical Greek migrant family, an environment he felt suffocated him for most of his adolescence. As an adult, he's had to come to terms with not only his sexuality, but his experience with sexual abuse, bullying, drug addiction and living with HIV. This is his story.
Skip to content. A lot of strange people. Some of those people were older men who would come up and start talking to him. It was then that his friends told him why they came to the park.
Alastair Blanshard does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment. Republish our articles for free, online or in print, under Creative Commons licence. In our sexual histories series, authors explore changing sexual mores from antiquity to today.
Photo Courtesy of Dr. Perry Halkitis. Halkitis does not hide his sexual identity. He is the first openly gay dean at the university and he states that his sexual orientation clearly does not affect his new position, but it offers an opportunity to be a good example for others who may feel marginalized in society, as reported in the Daily Targum.