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9 Weird Sex Facts From The Ancient World

#2. Pederasty was big in ancient Greece

Pederasty was big in ancient Greece - 9 Weird Sex Facts From The Ancient World

A Cretan man (an erastes), having sighted a potential lover, would first notify the boy’s friends that he intended to have the boy (the eromenos) as his lover. This formal proposal was necessary in order to give the boy an opportunity to hide if he did not want the man. After several days had elapsed, the erastes would then seek out the eromenos. Kidnap him in the presence of his friends, they would give chase and try to retrieve their friend. As the Greek historian Strabo noted, “They have the foremost places at the dances and races, and are allowed clothing superior to everybody else’s—the clothing given them by their lovers.” Boys who were not parastatals were considered of lesser stature by the public and were thought to have possessed some failing in character that men found off-putting. Source

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