Athenian Pederasty - Cultural References

Cultural References

In a funeral speech ascribed to him by Thucydides, Pericles exhorts the Athenians to "gaze day after day on the power of the city and become her erastai", interpreted to mean "that citizen-soldiers should behave towards Athens like boyfriends, erastai: i.e. love the city without calculation, more than life itself."

Athenian pederasty is a major theme in the historical novel The Last of the Wine by Mary Renault.

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