The evidence about female homosexuality in the ancient Greek world is limited, it being hardly mentioned in extant Greek literature. At the end of the 17th century the great classicist Richard Bentley knew well enough that the Greek word for a male "admirer", erastes, indicated a "flagitious love of boys". In several surviving examples of Greek and Roman sculpture, the love goddess pulls up her garments to reveal her male genitalia, a gesture that traditionally held apotropaic or magical power. One October evening, the year-old disappeared. Antinoos, a sultry, teenaged nobody from Bithynia.
Alcman wrote hymns known as partheneia[note 1] which discuss attraction between young women.
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Similarly, some find evidence in Plutarch that Spartan women engaged in homosexual activities, though Plutarch wrote many centuries after classical Greece. In Athens these unders were vigorously protected, rather like the young women in a Jane Austen novel, although their younger sisters would have been expected to be married by the age of It is one of the reasons that the Catholic Church has not officially approved of reparative therapy. Surely that was more than fortuitous. Macrobius says that Aristophanes called this figure Aphroditos. But human nature is human nature and the great thing about living in the twenty first century is that Google is giving us insights into who we are.
Other readings, unrelated to female homosexual desire, are also possible. The first two are "sinning", while the last two are being "sinned against". Today, the museums of our world are still crowded with statues and busts of that beautiful lost boy, often misidentified as Ganymede or Dionysus. To subscribe, click here. Originally, a cinaedus Greek kinaidos was a professional dancer, characterized as non-Roman or "Eastern"; the word itself may come from a language of Asia Minor. Between and Maimonidesone of the foremost rabbis in Jewish history, compiled his magnum opus, the Mishneh Torah. Although the sexual inviolability of underage male citizens is usually emphasized, this anecdote is among the evidence that even the most well-born youths might go through a phase in which they could be viewed as "sex objects".