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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.

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You may have heard that homosexuality was celebrated in ancient Greece more than any other place and time. Some scholars have even called ancient Athens a gay paradise, where same-sex romance flourished without discrimination and prejudice. However, sexuality was framed very differently in ancient Greece than it is in the modern Western World.

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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.

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People were simply sexual creatures and had sex with those who interested them — it might be a man or a woman. There was also a system of sexual and mental mentoring known as pederasty, wise members of Greek society would take on a young man to scholar and instruct. It was characteristic of the Archaic and Classical periods.

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Homosexuality: sexual attraction to persons of the same sex. In ancient Greece, this was a normal practice. Violent debate, enthusiastic writings, shamefaced silence, flights of fantasy: few aspects of ancient society are so hotly contested as Greek pederasty, or - as we shall see below - homosexuality.

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In classical antiquitywriters such as Herodotus[1] Plato[2] Xenophon[3] Athenaeus [4] and many others explored aspects of homosexuality in Greece. The most widespread and socially significant form of same-sex sexual relations in ancient Greece was between adult men and pubescent or adolescent boys, known as pederasty marriages in Ancient Greece between men and women were also age structured, with men in their thirties commonly taking wives in their early teens. It is unclear how such relations between women were regarded in the general society, but examples do exist as far back as the time of Sappho.

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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. In recent years, we have seen significant advances won for LGBT rights through hard-fought legal cases and well-targeted political campaigns.

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Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender LGBT rights in Greece have evolved significantly over the last years, establishing it as one of the most liberal countries in Southeast Europe. Despite this, Greek public opinion on homosexuality is generally regarded as increasingly culturally liberalwith same-sex unions being legally recognised since Both male and female same-sex sexual activity have been legal in Greece sinceand anti-discrimination laws in employment were enacted in

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