Not that it matters, just interesting

The things you learn from reading obituaries:

because he showed the Greeks were hostile to sex between bearded males,

How did that work?

Was it beards in general? Or was the beard a signifier of age and or maturity in Greek society? And thus adult homosexuality was not on, while men and boys was just fine?

5 comments on “Not that it matters, just interesting

  1. Between adult males.

    Although I think Greek homosexuality is a Rorshack Test. You see what your personal predelictions lead you to see. So I am surprise that he was happily married, but perhaps I would not have wanted him to teach my son.

  2. Basically, yes, as I recall. There were boys (paides), beardless youths (ephebes) and men (bearded by default). So it was sex between grown men that was socially unacceptable.

    And if a man called Ken Dover says so, he probably knows what he’s talking about.

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