Images of Ancient Greek Pederasty by Andrew Lear
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Images of Ancient Greek Pederasty
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Images of Ancient Greek Pederasty

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Images of Ancient Greek Pederasty by Andrew Lear

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This lavishly illustrated book brings together, for the first time, all of the different ways in which vase-painting portrays or refers to pederasty, from scenes of courtship, foreplay, and sex, to scenes of Zeus with his boy-love Ganymede, to painted inscriptions praising the beauty of boys. The book shows how painters used the language of vase-painting to cast pederasty in an idealizing light, portraying it as part of a world in which beautiful elite males display praiseworthy attitudes, such as moderation, and engage in approved activities, such as hunting, athletics, and the symposium. The book also incorporates a comprehensive catalogue of relevant vase-paintings, compiled by noted archaeologist Keith DeVries. It is the most comprehensive treatment available of an institution that has few modern parallels.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780415223676
ISBN-10: 0415223679
Format: Hardback
(234mm x 156mm x 18mm)
Pages: 288
Imprint: Routledge
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 16-Apr-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Images of Ancient Greek Pederasty by Andrew Lear Images of Ancient Greek Pederasty, Paperback (October 2009)

Sexual relations between men and adolescent boys were a social institution in ancient Greece. This book presents the history of Greek pederasty and the scholarship on the topic, with a large number of illustrations.

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Author Biography - Andrew Lear

University of Columbia, USA University of Milan, Italy

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