Book: A Problem in Greek Ethics
Author: John Addington Symonds

A Problem in Greek Ethics By John Addington Symonds

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Pages (PDF): 91
Publication Date: 1901

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This book is a ground-breaking study of the Greek institution of paiderastia. This was a custom by which adolescent men made alliances with older men of a romantic and sexual nature. The young men in question were the same age as contemporary teen pop stars (aproximately from puberty to the Athenian age of majority, 21). And they were treated similarly, as celebrities, showered with gifts and attention, and fought over by lovers. Philosophers such as Plato considered these same-sex unions as a remedy for tyranny.