This groundbreaking study, among the earliest syntheses on female homosexuality throughout Antiquity, explores the topic with careful reference to ancient concepts and views, drawing fully on the existing visual and written record including literary, philosophical, and scientific documents. [33] Catullus's contemporary Lucretius also recognizes the attraction of "boys"[34] (pueri, which can designate an acceptable submissive partner and not specifically age[35]). Theseus and Pirithous are another famous pair of close adult male best friends of the same age whose strong bond has homoerotic connotations according to some ancient authors. This book will be of value to students and scholars of ancient sexuality and gender, and to anyone interested in histories and theories of sexuality. When the film Alexander, which depicted Alexander as romantically involved with both men and women, was released in 2004, 25 Greek lawyers threatened to sue the film's makers,[42] but relented after attending an advance screening of the film. [202] Female prostitutes were the only women in ancient Rome who wore the distinctively masculine toga. FEMALE HOMOSEXUALITY IN ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME. The lexicographer Festus provides a definition and illustrates with a comic anecdote. [42], By the end of the Augustan period Ovid, Rome's leading literary figure, was alone among Roman figures in proposing a radically new agenda focused on love between men and women: making love with a woman is more enjoyable, he says, because unlike the forms of same-sex behavior permissible within Roman culture, the pleasure is mutual. She has also co-edited several collective volumes, including Foucault, la sexualit, lAntiquit, soon to be available in English from Routledge. [123], The boy was sometimes castrated in an effort to preserve his youthful qualities; the emperor Nero had a puer delicatus named Sporus, whom he castrated and married. [128] The mythological type of the delicatus was represented by Ganymede, the Trojan youth abducted by Jove (Greek Zeus) to be his divine companion and cupbearer. Parker, "The Teratogenic Grid," p. 57, citing Martial 5.61 and 4.43. [9][bettersourceneeded], The roots of Greek pederasty lie in the tribal past of Greece, before the rise of the city-state as a unit of political organization. [90] His long hair will be cut, and he will have to resort to the female slaves for sexual gratificationindicating that he is expected to transition from being a receptive sex object to one who performs penetrative sex. The Gallo-Roman poet Ausonius (4th century AD) makes a joke about a male threesome that depends on imagining the configurations of group sex: "Three men in bed together: two are sinning,[188] two are sinned against. [7], The ancient Greeks did not conceive of sexual orientation as a social identifier as modern Western societies have done. [137], The 4th-century Gallo-Roman poet Ausonius records the word pullipremo, "chick-squeezer", which he says was used by the early satirist Lucilius.[138]. Debauchery and Lust Among Roman Matrons (Juvenal. [6] Though sexual relationships between adult men did exist, it is possible at least one member of each of these relationships flouted social conventions by assuming a passive sexual role according to Kenneth Dover, though this has been questioned by recent scholars. [185] In contrast to ancient Greece, a large penis was a major element in attractiveness. [99] The term denotes a male prostitute who services another sexually despite the fact that he himself is past his prime according to the ephebic tastes of Roman homoerotism. A frieze at a brothel annexed to the Suburban Baths,[59] in Pompeii, shows a series of sixteen sex scenes, three of which display homoerotic acts: a bisexual threesome with two men and a woman, intercourse by a female couple using a strap-on, and a foursome with two men and two women participating in homosexual anal sex, heterosexual fellatio, and homosexual cunnilingus. He was to educate, protect, love, and provide a role model for his eromenos, whose reward for him lay in his beauty, youth, and promise. [180], Roman historians record cautionary tales of officers who abuse their authority to coerce sex from their soldiers, and then suffer dire consequences. [66] The outsized phallus of the god Priapus may originally have served an apotropaic purpose, but in art it is frequently laughter-provoking or grotesque. Penetrative sex, however, was seen as demeaning for the passive partner, and outside the socially accepted norm. [82] The Cinaedocolpitae, an Arabian tribe recorded in Greco-Roman sources of the 2nd and 3rd centuries, may have a name derived from this meaning. Roscoe, "Priests of the Goddess," p. 204. Development Studies, Environment, Social Work, Urban Studies, Informa UK Limited, an Informa Plc company, MYTH AND ARCHAIC LYRIC POETRY: HOMOEROTICISM. We dont share your credit card details with third-party sellers, and we dont sell your information to others. Our payment security system encrypts your information during transmission. The portrait emerges of an ancient society to which todays sexual categories do not apply a society before sexuality where female homosexuality looks very different, but is nonetheless very real. [100] Though adult men were expected to take on the role of "penetrator" in their love affairs, such a restriction did not apply to exoleti. The first recorded appearance of a deep emotional bond between adult men in ancient Greek culture was in the Iliad (800 BC). As a result of her fame in antiquity, she and her land have become emblematic of love between women. Richlin, "Not before Homosexuality," p. 561. [5] Nevertheless, homosexuality and its practices were still wide-spread as certain city-states allowed it while others were ambiguous or prohibited it. Pirithous had heard stories of Theseus's courage and strength in battle but wanted proof so he rustled Theseus's herd of cattle and drove it from Marathon and Theseus set out in pursuit. Pusio is etymologically related to puer, and means "boy, lad". [92] The feelings and situation of the concubinus are treated as significant enough to occupy five stanzas of Catullus's wedding poem. [175] Other forms of sexual gratification available to soldiers were prostitutes of any gender, male slaves, war rape, and same-sex relations. 1826 - 1827 British Museum, London, A fragment of a glass vessel showing a homosexual scene - circa 15 BCE -1st Century CE British Museum, London, Davina C. Lopez, "Before Your Very Eyes: Roman Imperial Ideology, Gender Constructs and Paul's Inter-Nationalism," in, For further discussion of how sexual activity defines the free, respectable citizen from the slave or "un-free" person, see, Catharine Edwards, "Unspeakable Professions: Public Performance and Prostitution in Ancient Rome," in, Amy Richlin, "Sexuality in the Roman Empire," in. Session 3. According to Dover, pederasty was not considered to be a homosexual act, given that the man would be taking on a dominant role, and his disciple would be taking on a passive one. Examining Greek Pederastic Relationships. In the Aeneid, Vergil who, according to a biography written by Suetonius, had a marked sexual preference for boys[38][39] draws on the Greek tradition of pederasty in a military setting by portraying the love between Nisus and Euryalus,[40] whose military valor marks them as solidly Roman men (viri). ", As summarized by John R. Clarke, "Representation of the. Apuleius indicates that cinaedi might form social alliances for mutual enjoyment, such as hosting dinner parties. Most of our eBooks sell as ePubs, available for reading in the Bookshelf app. Boehringers scholarly book replaces these cliches with rigorous, precise analysis of iconography and texts by Sappho, Plato, Ovid, Juvenal, and many other lyric poets, satirists, and medical writers, in search of the prevailing norms, constraints, and possibilities for erotic desire. Piecing together different forms of evidenceliterary, visual, and archaeologicalthis lecture explores the virtually forgotten role of women painters in the ancient Greek and Roman past. The ancient Athenians emphasised the supposed age difference between the two by portraying Patroclus with a beard in paintings and pottery, while Achilles is clean-shaven, although Achilles was an almost godlike figure in Greek society. [93], The relationship with a concubinus might be discreet or more open: male concubines sometimes attended dinner parties with the man whose companion they were. The portrait emerges of an ancient society to which today's sexual categories do not applya society "before sexuality"where female homosexuality looks very different, but is nonetheless very real. Quintus Fabius Maximus Eburnus, a consul in 116 BC and later a censor known for his moral severity, earned his cognomen meaning "Ivory" (the modern equivalent might be "Porcelain") because of his fair good looks (candor). It often had a distinctly sexual or sexually demeaning connotation. [127] The beauty of the delicatus was measured by Apollonian standards, especially in regard to his long hair, which was supposed to be wavy, fair, and scented with perfume. [81] Although in some contexts cinaedus may denote an anally passive man[80] and is the most frequent word for a male who allowed himself to be penetrated anally,[82] a man called cinaedus might also have sex with and be considered highly attractive to women. A small profit may be earned by your clicking on or purchasing through affiliate links. Storyboard. [121] The "coercive and exploitative" relationship between the Roman master and the delicatus, who might be prepubescent, can be characterized as pedophilic, in contrast to Greek paiderasteia. It is now believed that this may be an artistic convention provoked by reluctance on the part of the Greeks to openly acknowledge that Greek males could enjoy taking on a "female" role in an erotic relationship;[57] reputation for such pleasure could have consequences to the future image of the former eromenos when he turned into an adult, and hinder his ability to participate in the socio-political life of the polis as a respectable citizen. [212] Some commentators see hermaphroditism as a "violation of social boundaries, especially those as fundamental to daily life as male and female". These ancient artifacts tell the entire story in pictures. Butrica, "Some Myths and Anomalies in the Study of Roman Sexuality," p. 231. During the Lelantine War between the Eretrians and the Chalcidians, before a decisive battle the Chalcidians called for the aid of a warrior named Cleomachus (glorious warrior). Richlin, "Not before Homosexuality," p. 565, citing the same passage by Quintilian. Even today, ancient female homosexuals are still too often seen in terms of a mythical, ethereal Sapphic love, or stereotyped as "Amazons" or courtesans. [56] This may also explain why anal penetration is seen more often in Roman homoerotic art than in its Greek counterpart, where non-penetrative intercourse predominates.[56]. A conviction for killing an officer typically resulted in execution. [27], According to Ovid, Phaedra, Theseus' wife, felt left out by her husband's love for Pirithous and she used this as an excuse to try to convince her stepson, Hippolytus, to accept being her lover, as Theseus also neglected his son because he preferred to spend long periods with his companion.[28][29]. 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. EWU Masters Thesis Collection. [10][bettersourceneeded], The rite of passage undergone by Greek youths in the tribal prehistory of Greece evolved into the commonly known form of Greek pederasty after the rise of the city-state, or polis. Amazon has encountered an error. "[31] This relationship lasted throughout their lives, and was compared, by others as well as themselves, to that of Achilles and Patroclus. Martial describes, for example, the case of an older man who played the passive role and let a younger slave occupy the active role. [27] A preference for smooth male bodies over hairy ones is also avowed elsewhere in Roman literature (e.g., in Ode 4.10 by Horace and in some epigrams by Martial or in the Priapeia), and was likely shared by most Roman men of the time. Contrary to the art of the vessels discussed above, all sixteen images on the mural portray sexual acts considered unusual or debased according to Roman customs: e.g., female sexual domination of men, heterosexual oral sex, passive homosexuality by an adult man, lesbianism, and group sex. [133] It was joked that he was marked as "Jove's chick" (pullus Iovis), since the characteristic instrument of the king of the gods was the lightning bolt[134] (see also the relation of Jove's cupbearer Ganymede to "catamite"). Greek society did not distinguish sexual desire or behavior by the gender of the participants, but rather by the role that each participant played in the sex act, that of active penetrator or passive penetrated. The Chalcidians erected a tomb for him in the marketplace in gratitude. "Why Were The Ancient Greeks So Confused About Homosexuality, Asks James Davidson", Homosexuality in the militaries of ancient Greece, Personal relationships of Alexander the Great, "Courtship Scenes in Attic Vase-Painting", "Popular Perceptions of Elite Homosexuality in Classical Athens", The legacy of same-sex love in ancient Thebes, "OVID, HEROIDES IV - Theoi Classical Texts Library", "Why were the ancient Greeks so confused about homosexuality, asks James Davidson". A wealth of wall paintings of a sexual nature have been spotted in ruins of some Roman cities, notably Pompeii, where there were found the only examples known so far of Roman art depicting sexual congress between women. [85] The cinaedus thus represented the absence of what Romans considered true manhood, and the word is virtually untranslatable into English. These tribal communities were organized according to age groups. [39] Other scholars, such as Victoria Wohl[de], emphasize that in Athens, same-sex desire was part of the "sexual ideology of the democracy," shared by the elite and the demos, as exemplified by the tyrant-slayers, Harmodius and Aristogeiton. For example, the lowborn protagonist of Aristophanes' play The Knights openly admits to having been a passive partner. When intercourse occurred between two people of the same gender, it still was not entirely regarded as a homosexual union, given that one partner would have to take on a passive role, and would therefore no longer be considered a man in terms of the sexual union. Edwards, "Unspeakable Professions," p. 81. The most widespread and socially significant form of same-sex sexual relations in ancient Greece amongst elite circles was between adult men and pubescent or adolescent boys, known as pederasty (marriages in Ancient Greece between men and women were also age structured, with men in their thirties commonly taking wives in their early teens). Except for books, Amazon will display a List Price if the product was purchased by customers on Amazon or offered by other retailers at or above the List Price in at least the past 90 days. The analysis concluded that the silverware was indeed made in classical antiquity. [15] However, it is important to note that not all pederastic relationships were sexual- many were simply forms of friendship and guidance. [18] Yet, when two men of similar age shared a similar relationship, it was deemed taboo and, in fact, perverse.[19]. [12] Allowing himself to be penetrated threatened his liberty as a free citizen as well as his sexual integrity. Augustus (reigned 27 BC 14AD) even prohibited soldiers from marrying, a ban that remained in force for the Imperial army for nearly two centuries. Women in ancient Egypt played an important role in many aspects of daily life and religion. [citation needed]. According to the opinion of the classicist Kenneth Dover who published Greek Homosexuality in 1978, given the importance in Greek society of cultivating the masculinity of the adult male and the perceived feminizing effect of being the passive partner, relations between adult men of comparable social status were considered highly problematic, and usually associated with social stigma. [65], At the same time, the phallus was displayed ubiquitously in the form of the fascinum, a magic charm thought to ward off malevolent forces; it became a customary decoration, found widely in the ruins of Pompeii, especially in the form of wind chimes (tintinnabula). In ancient Spartan weddings, the bride had her hair cropped short and was dressed as a man. [102] Ancient sources impute the love of, or the preference for, exoleti (using this or equivalent terms) to various figures of Roman history, such as the tribune Clodius,[103] the emperors Tiberius,[104] Galba,[105] Titus,[106] and Elagabalus,[99] besides other figures encountered in anecdotes, told by writers such as Tacitus, on more ordinary citizens. Manwell, "Gender and Masculinity," p. 118. Highlight, take notes, and search in the book. To love a boy below the age of twelve was considered inappropriate, but no evidence exists of any legal penalties attached to this sort of practice. [56], Such a trend distinguishes Roman homoerotic art from that of the Greeks. [37] In general, however, the historical record of love and sexual relations between women is sparse.[7]. Other ancients such as Xenophon held that Achilles and Patroclus were simply close friends. The book will be of value to students and scholars of ancient sexuality and gender, and to anyone interested in histories and theories of sexuality. [citation needed], Pathicus was a "blunt" word for a male who was penetrated sexually. For even if there was a tight bond between the couple, the general social expectation was that pederastic affairs would end once the younger partner grew facial hair. [21], The consul Quintus Lutatius Catulus was among a circle of poets who made short, light Hellenistic poems fashionable. Michael Brinkschrde, "Christian Homophobia: Four Central Discourses," in, poets writing during the reign of Augustus, Greek tradition of pederasty in a military setting, Factorum ac dictorum memorabilium libri IX, Sexuality in ancient Rome#Epicurean sexuality, "The monuments of the ancient Pompeii - SUBURBAN BATH - POMPEII", "German archaeologist suggests British Museum's Warren Cup could be forgery | Science", "Des Kinaidokolpites dans un ostracon grec du dsert oriental (gypte)", Neither Monsters Nor Prostitutes, 2.4.3. For the 2022 holiday season, returnable items purchased between October 11 and December 25, 2022 can be returned until January 31, 2023. The priests declined, but did offer him the status of divine hero. Shipping cost, delivery date, and order total (including tax) shown at checkout. Latin lacks words that would precisely translate "homosexual" and "heterosexual". [163] As a matter of law, a slave could not be raped; he was considered property and not legally a person. She is the author of numerous articles on issues of gender and sexuality in the ancient world and the French translator of John Winkler and Maud Gleason. Nevertheless, it is not certain that those in submission will enjoy such trainings from his mentor- including sexual favors. This led to a disagreement about which to perceive as erastes and which eromenos among elites such as Aeschylus and Pausanias, since Homeric tradition made Patroclus out to be older but Achilles stronger. The primary dichotomy of ancient Roman sexuality was active/dominant/masculine and passive/submissive/feminine. [13], An elaborate social code governed the mechanics of Greek pederasty. [25], References to homosexual desire or practice, in fact, also appear in Roman authors who wrote in literary styles seen as originally Roman, that is, where the influence of Greek fashions or styles is less likely. At one time he had written that same-sex lovers were far more blessed than ordinary mortals. Now available in English for the first time, Female Homosexuality in Ancient Greece and Rome includes a preface by David Halperin. ${cardName} unavailable for quantities greater than ${maxQuantity}. [91] The concubinus might father children with women of the household, not excluding the wife (at least in invective). [31], "New poetry" introduced at the end of the 2nd century included that of Gaius Valerius Catullus, whose work include expressing desire for a freeborn youth explicitly named "Youth" (Iuventius). [43] Even Ovid himself, however, did not claim exclusive heterosexuality[44] and he does include mythological treatments of homoeroticism in the Metamorphoses,[45] but Thomas Habinek has pointed out that the significance of Ovid's rupture of human erotics into categorical preferences has been obscured in the history of sexuality by a later heterosexual bias in Western culture. [5], During the Republic, a Roman citizen's political liberty (libertas) was defined in part by the right to preserve his body from physical compulsion, including both corporal punishment and sexual abuse. This older man would educate the youth in the ways of Greek life and the responsibilities of adulthood. Other mature men at his court had husbands, or said they had husbands in imitation of the emperor. [176] The Bellum Hispaniense, about Caesar's civil war on the front in Roman Spain, mentions an officer who has a male concubine (concubinus) on campaign. [117], The puer delicatus was an "exquisite" or "dainty" child-slave chosen by his master for his beauty as a "boy toy",[119] also referred to as .mw-parser-output .vanchor>:target~.vanchor-text{background-color:#b1d2ff}deliciae ("sweets" or "delights"). Roman men were free to enjoy sex with other males without a perceived loss of masculinity or social status, as long as they took the dominant or penetrative role. [72], More recently, academic Maria Teresa Marabini Moevs has questioned the authenticity of the cup, while others have published defenses of its authenticity. Sex among fellow soldiers, however, violated the Roman decorum against intercourse with another freeborn male. In 1734, George Frederic Handel's opera Oreste (based on Giangualberto Barlocci's Roman libretto of 1723), was premiered in London's Covent Garden. See also. Some men, however, insisted on ignoring this convention. [77] Some older men may have at times preferred the passive role. [109], In the discourse of sexuality, puer ("boy") was a role as well as an age group. [181] The youngest officers, who still might retain some of the adolescent attraction that Romans favored in malemale relations, were advised to beef up their masculine qualities by not wearing perfume, nor trimming nostril and underarm hair. She has also co-edited several collective volumes, including Foucault, la sexualit, lAntiquit, soon to be available in English from Routledge. The portrait emerges of an ancient society to which today's sexual categories do not applya society "before sexuality"where female homosexuality looks very different, but is nonetheless. [199] Imperial portrayals of women who sodomize boys, drink and eat like men, and engage in vigorous physical regimens may reflect cultural anxieties about the growing independence of Roman women.[200]. Golden M. Slavery and homosexuality in Athens. [75], A man or boy who took the "receptive" role in sex was variously called cinaedus, pathicus, exoletus, concubinus (male concubine), spint(h)ria ("analist"), puer ("boy"), pullus ("chick"), pusio, delicatus (especially in the phrase puer delicatus, "exquisite" or "dainty boy"), mollis ("soft", used more generally as an aesthetic quality counter to aggressive masculinity), tener ("delicate"), debilis ("weak" or "disabled"), effeminatus, discinctus ("loose-belted"), pisciculi, and morbosus ("sick"). In the Silvae, Statius composed two epitaphs (2.1 and 2.6) to commemorate the relationship of two of his friends with their respective delicati upon the death of the latter. Now available in English for the first time, Female Homosexuality in Ancient Greece and Rome includes a preface by David Halperin. [184], In addition to repeatedly described anal intercourse, oral sex was common. [76], Some terms, such as exoletus, specifically refer to an adult; Romans who were socially marked as "masculine" did not confine their same-sex penetration of male prostitutes or slaves to those who were "boys" under the age of 20. In ancient Greece, sex was generally understood in terms of penetration, pleasure, and dominance, rather than a matter of the sexes of the participants. The slave's owner, however, could prosecute the rapist for property damage. Julius Caesar was accused of bringing the notoriety of infamia upon himself, both when he was about 19, for taking the passive role in an affair with King Nicomedes of Bithynia, and later for many adulterous affairs with women. It derived from the unattested Greek adjective pathikos, from the verb paskhein, equivalent to the Latin deponent patior, pati, passus, "undergo, submit to, endure, suffer". Cavanaugh, Mariah. The wearing of the toga marked a Roman man as a free citizen. 218, 224. In other texts, however, exoleti adopt a receptive position. The dialogue Erotes ("Affairs of the Heart"), attributed to Lucian, compares the merits and advantages of heteroeroticism and homoeroticism, and Orestes and Pylades are presented as the principal representatives of a loving friendship. [20] There is some debate among scholars about whether pederasty was widespread in all social classes, or largely limited to the aristocracy. His sexuality was not defined by the gender of the person using him as a receptacle for sex, but rather his desire to be so used. [96] Like the catamite or puer delicatus, the role of the concubine was regularly compared to that of Ganymede, the Trojan prince abducted by Jove (Greek Zeus) to serve as his cupbearer. Although Roman men in general seem to have preferred youths between the ages of 12 and 20 as sexual partners, freeborn male minors were off limits at certain periods in Rome, though professional prostitutes and entertainers might remain sexually available well into adulthood. [156] Although the sources are in general hostile, Dio Cassius implies that Nero's stage performances were regarded as more scandalous than his marriages to men. They are sometimes considered a transgender or transsexual priesthood, since they were required to be castrated in imitation of Attis. He was "by far the dearest of all the king's friends; he had been brought up with Alexander and shared all his secrets. These men, like their earlier counterparts, played an educational and instructive role in the lives of their young companions; likewise, just as in earlier times, they shared a sexual relationship with their boys. Homosexuality in ancient Rome often differs markedly from the contemporary West. Indeed, Plato himself eventually came to hold this view. [218] It is in the 6th century, under Justinian, that legal and moral discourse on malemale sex becomes distinctly Abrahamic:[219] all malemale sex, passive or active, no matter who the partners, was declared contrary to nature and punishable by death. [7] Virtus, "valor" as that which made a man most fully a man, was among the active virtues. As a characteristic of males, it often implies the willingness to be penetrated. Other works in the genre (e.g., Juvenal 2 and 9, and one of Martial's satires) also give the impression that passive homosexuality was becoming a fad increasingly popular among Roman men of the first century AD, something which is the target of invective from the authors of the satires. [11] In the late 20th and early 21st centuries, scholars have tended to view expressions of Roman male sexuality in terms of a "penetrator-penetrated" binary model; that is, the proper way for a Roman male to seek sexual gratification was to insert his penis into his partner. [112] A slave would never be considered a vir, a "real man"; he would be called puer, "boy", throughout his life. [162] Men who had been raped were exempt from the loss of legal or social standing suffered by those who submitted their bodies to use for the pleasure of others; a male prostitute or entertainer was infamis and excluded from the legal protections extended to citizens in good standing. [63], Roman attitudes toward male nudity differ from those of the ancient Greeks, who regarded idealized portrayals of the nude male. [152] Roman law did not recognize marriage between males, but one of the grounds for disapproval expressed in Juvenal's satire is that celebrating the rites would lead to expectations for such marriages to be registered officially. As analyzed by John Pollini, "The Warren Cup: Homoerotic Love and Symposial Rhetoric in Silver,", Elizabeth Manwell, "Gender and Masculinity," in. Sandra Boehringer is Associate Professor of Greek History at the University of Strasbourg, France. [171] In a "mock trial" case described by the elder Seneca, an adulescens (a man young enough not to have begun his formal career) was gang-raped by ten of his peers; although the case is hypothetical, Seneca assumes that the law permitted the successful prosecution of the rapists. Greek cultural attitudes differed from those of the Romans primarily in idealizing eros between freeborn male citizens of equal status, though usually with a difference of age (see "Pederasty in ancient Greece"). [48] In literature of the Imperial period, the Satyricon of Petronius is so permeated with the culture of malemale sex that in 18th-century European literary circles, his name became "a byword for homosexuality". [160] The Lex Julia de vi publica,[161] recorded in the early 3rd century AD but probably dating from the dictatorship of Julius Caesar, defined rape as forced sex against "boy, woman, or anyone"; the rapist was subject to execution, a rare penalty in Roman law. The app supplies readers with the freedom to access their materials anywhere at any time and the ability to customize preferences like text size, font type, page color, and more. Furthermore, the boys genitals are exposed in the plaque, thus experts interpret this, and more evidence comparative to this, as the practice of pederasty. Stuart Hall, Room 102 Map it. One such scholar is Bruce Thornton, who argues that insults directed at pederastic males in the comedies of Aristophanes show the common people's dislike for the practice. Scultimidonus ("asshole-bestower")[141] was rare and "florid" slang[82] that appears in a fragment from the early Roman satirist Lucilius. 562563. During Plato's time there were some people who were of the opinion that homosexual sex was shameful in any circumstances. The romance between Pausanias and Agathon in Athens, made famous by their appearance in Plato's Symposium, also continued from the pederastic phase into adulthood as a stable and long-lasting relationship. Hubbard utilizes both schools of thought when these seem pertinent to the ancient texts, pp. The fame of Lucian's works in the 18th century, as well as the generally well-known tradition of Greco-Roman heroic homoeroticism, made it natural for theatre audiences of that period to have recognized an intense, romantic, if not positively homoerotic quality, to the relationship between Orestes and Pylades. [165] According to the jurist Pomponius, "whatever man has been raped by the force of robbers or the enemy in wartime" ought to bear no stigma. [168] Rape was one of the traditional punishments inflicted on a male adulterer by the wronged husband,[169] though perhaps more in revenge fantasy than in practice. The portrait emerges of an ancient society to which today's sexual categories do not applya society "before sexuality"where female homosexuality looks very different, but is nonetheless very real. On one occasion, they invited a "well-endowed" young hick (rusticanus iuvenis) to their party, and took turns performing oral sex on him. 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[61] The man in the center may be a cinaedus, a male who liked to receive anal sex but who was also considered seductive to women. A soldier maintained his masculinity by not allowing his body to be used for sexual purposes. Homer's Nestor was not well skilled in ordering an army when he advised the Greeks to rank tribe and tribehe should have joined lovers and their beloved. Boehringer's scholarly book replaces these clichs with rigorous, precise analysis of iconography and texts by Sappho, Plato, Ovid, Juvenal, and many other lyric poets, satirists, andastrological writers, in search of the prevailing norms, constraints, and possibilities for erotic desire. Help others learn more about this product by uploading a video! Gender did not determine whether a sexual partner was acceptable, as long as a man's enjoyment did not encroach on another man's integrity. The deity's worshippers cross-dressed, men wearing women's clothes, and women men's. However, Craig A. Williams defends such use of the works of Plautus. The wearing of the toga may signal that prostitutes were outside the normal social and legal category of "woman". Now available in English for the first time, Female Homosexuality in Ancient Greece and Rome includes a preface by David Halperin. Learn more how customers reviews work on Amazon, Routledge; 1st edition (September 7, 2021). [196] Dildos are rarely mentioned in Roman sources, but were a popular comic item in Classical Greek literature and art. [151], Although in general the Romans regarded marriage as a malefemale union for the purpose of producing children, a few scholars believe that in the early Imperial period some male couples were celebrating traditional marriage rites in the presence of friends. Product pricing will be adjusted to match the corresponding currency. Beert C. Verstraete and Vernon Provencal, introduction to. The ancient Greeks, in the context of the pederastic city-states, were the first to describe, study, systematize, and establish pederasty as a social and educational institution. In the estimation of a modern scholar, Amy Richlin, out of the poems preserved to this day, those addressed by men to boys are as common as those addressed to women. Unable to disobey the command of his superior, he found himself the object of a sexual assault and drew his sword, killing Luscius. When brought to trial, he was able to produce witnesses to show that he had repeatedly had to fend off Luscius, and "had never prostituted his body to anyone, despite offers of expensive gifts". [79], Cinaedus is a derogatory word denoting a male who was gender-deviant; his choice of sex acts, or preference in sexual partner, was secondary to his perceived deficiencies as a "man" (vir). Richlin, "Not before Homosexuality," p. 536; Williams. In an Atellan farce authored by Quintus Novius (a literary style seen as originally Roman), it is said by one of the characters that "everyone knows that a boy is superior to a woman"; the character goes on to list physical attributes, most of which denoting the onset of puberty, that mark boys when they are at their most attractive in the character's view. [49], Homosexuality appears with much less frequency in the visual art of Rome than in its literature. At first, both erastes and eromenos, show constraint and restraint their pursuit. Female Homosexuality in Ancient Greece and Rome. [22] This stigma, however, was reserved for only the passive partner in the relationship. In 2002, a conference on Alexander the Great was stormed as a paper about his homosexuality was about to be presented. Richlin, "Not before Homosexuality," p. 547. Ancient Greece was not one state, it was a collection of city states, each independent, with their own laws and practices. Such relationships were documented by many Greek historians and in philosophical discourses, as well as in offhand remarks such as Philip II of Macedon's recorded by Plutarch demonstrates: It is not only the most warlike peoples, the Boeotians, Spartans, and Cretans, who are the most susceptible to this kind of love but also the greatest heroes of old: Meleager, Achilles, Aristomenes, Cimon, and Epaminondas. Follow authors to get new release updates, plus improved recommendations. To hear autocomplete suggestions tab past the search button after typing keywords. We are sorry. Hephaestion studied with Alexander, as did a handful of other children of Ancient Macedonian aristocracy, under the tutelage of Aristotle. Answer: Both Greece and Rome were monogamous. Both Martial and Statius in a number of poems celebrate the freedman Earinus, a eunuch, and his devotion to the emperor Domitian. Changes in Discourse (From the Third to the First Century BCE), The portrait emerges of an ancient society to which today's sexual categories do not apply - a society 'before sexuality' - where female homosexuality looks very different, but is nonetheless very real. [78] An adult male's desire to be penetrated was considered a sickness (morbus); the desire to penetrate a handsome youth was thought normal. [123] Statius goes as far as to describe this relationship as a marriage (3.4). [135] Perhaps tellingly,[136] this same member of the illustrious Fabius family ended his life in exile, as punishment for killing his own son for impudicitia. [182] An incident related by Plutarch in his biography of Marius illustrates the soldier's right to maintain his sexual integrity despite pressure from his superiors. [95] A military officer on campaign might be accompanied by a concubinus. Alastair J.L. Homer does not depict the relationship between Achilles and Patroclus as sexual. Dover refers to insults used in the plays of Aristophanes as evidence 'passive' men were ridiculed. Williams. It was the duty of the adult man to court the boy who struck his fancy, and it was viewed as socially appropriate for the younger man to withhold for a while before capitulating to his mentor's desires. Even today, ancient female homosexuals are still too often seen in terms of a mythical, ethereal Sapphic love, or stereotyped as Amazons or courtesans. [30] The practice itself, however, was perhaps not new, as over a hundred years before these authors, the dramatist Lucius Pomponius wrote a play, Prostibulum (The Prostitute), which today only exists in fragments, where the main character, a male prostitute, proclaims that he has sex with male clients also in the active position. [71] The cup may have been designed as a conversation piece to provoke the kind of dialogue on ideals of love and sex that took place at a Greek symposium. [101][bettersourceneeded] It is impossible to say how often this happened. Preface to the English Translation (2020), by Sandra Boehringer, Preface to Sandra Boehringer, LHomosexualit fminine dans lAntiquit grecque et romaine, Paris: Les Belles Lettres, 2007, by David Halperin, Brief content visible, double tap to read full content. [204] An instance of transvestism is noted in a legal case, in which "a certain senator accustomed to wear women's evening clothes" was disposing of the garments in his will. Pedagogic erotic relationships are also documented for Sparta, together with athletic nudity for women. Men might have a number of women, including female slaves, but there was only one with the legal status of wife. [58] Because, among the Romans, normative homosexuality took place, not between freeborn males or social equals as among the Greeks, but between master and slave, client and prostitute or, in any case, between social superior and social inferior, Roman artists may paradoxically have felt more at ease than their Greek colleagues to portray mutual affection and desire between male couples. These scholars have shown that same-sex relations were openly practised, largely with official sanction, in many areas of life from the 7th century BC until the Roman era. Prices & shipping based on shipping country. Alexander the Great had a close emotional attachment to his companion, cavalry commander (hipparchus) and childhood friend, Hephaestion. He notes that the homo- and heterosexual exploitation of slaves, to which there are so many references in Plautus' works, is rarely mentioned in Greek New Comedy, and that many of the puns that make such a reference (and Plautus' oeuvre, being comic, is full of them) are only possible in Latin, and can not therefore have been mere translations from the Greek. [69] It has been argued[70] that the two sides of this cup represent the duality of pederastic tradition at Rome, the Greek in contrast to the Roman. The modern perception of Roman sexual decadence can be traced to early Christian polemic. [139] Juvenal indicates the pusio was more desirable than women because he was less quarrelsome and would not demand gifts from his lover. [155] In the early 3rd century AD, the emperor Elagabalus is reported to have been the bride in a wedding to his male partner. Greece; Lesbianism History. [80] Catullus directs the slur cinaedus at his friend Furius in his notoriously obscene Carmen 16. Pullus was a term for a young animal, and particularly a chick. They all regar. [74] To address this issue, the British Museum, which holds the utensil, performed a chemical analysis in 2015 to determine the date of its production. [111] As an age designation, the freeborn puer made the transition from childhood at around age 14, when he assumed the "toga of manhood", but he was 17 or 18 before he began to take part in public life. In Athens the older man was called erastes. The Sacred Band of Thebes, a separate military unit made up of pairs of male lovers, is usually considered the prime example of how the ancient Greeks used love between soldiers in a troop to boost their fighting spirit. Meleagers Garland: A Different Kind of Humor, Epilogue: Lucian or the Saturation of Signs. Richlin, "Not before Homosexuality," p. 536. Now available in English for the first time, Female Homosexuality in Ancient Greece and Rome includes a preface by David Halperin. Please use a different way to share. [214], Attitudes toward same-sex behavior changed as Christianity became more prominent in the Empire. Go on, doll, and trust your joys to the winds; believe me, light is the nature of men. [12] Hubbard and James Davidson argue however that there is insufficient evidence that a man was considered effeminate for being passive in sex alone. [32] The Latin name and freeborn status of the beloved subvert Roman tradition. Petronius describes a man with a large penis in a public bathroom. [141] It is glossed[142] as "Those who bestow for free their scultima, that is, their anal orifice, which is called the scultima as if from the inner parts of whores" (scortorum intima). [15], Homoerotic themes are introduced to Latin literature during a period of increasing Greek influence on Roman culture in the 2nd century BC. Sappho is thought to have written close to 12,000 lines of poetry on her love for other women. She has also co-edited several collective volumes, including. [177], In warfare, rape symbolized defeat, a motive for the soldier not to make his body sexually vulnerable in general. Roman society was patriarchal, and the freeborn male citizen possessed political liberty (libertas) and the right to rule both himself and his household (familia). [186] Several emperors are reported in a negative light for surrounding themselves with men with large sexual organs.[187]. [209] The Latin poet Laevius wrote of worshipping "nurturing Venus" whether female or male (sive femina sive mas). Female Homosexuality In Ancient Greece And Rome by Sandra Boehringer, 4 Non-Fiction Lesbian+ Books To Read (2022), 4 Asian & Asian American Lesbian Books 2022, Barbara Love, Author and Activist, Dead At Age 85, Lesbian Studies; LGBT Studies/Social Sciences, This edition is the first time in English language, Lesbianism History. Thus, the use of Greek names in homoerotic Roman poems does not mean that the Romans attributed a Greek origin to their homosexual practices or that homosexual love only appeared as a subject of poetic celebration among the Romans under the influence of the Greeks. [194] An early reference to same-sex relations among women is found in the Roman-era Greek writer Lucian (2nd century CE): "They say there are women like that in Lesbos, masculine-looking, but they don't want to give it up for men. When it came time for a boy to embrace the age group of the adult and to "become a man," he would leave the tribe in the company of an older man for a period of time that constituted a rite of passage. Cross-dressing appears in Roman literature and art in various ways to mark the uncertainties and ambiguities of gender: A section of the Digest by Ulpian categorizes Roman clothing on the basis of who may appropriately wear it: vestimenta virilia, "men's clothing", is defined as the attire of the paterfamilias, "head of household"; puerilia is clothing that serves no purpose other than to mark its wearer as a "child" or minor; muliebria are the garments that characterize a materfamilias; communia, those that are "common", that is, worn by either sex; and familiarica, clothing for the familia, the subordinates in a household, including the staff and slaves. [7], The most common form of same-sex relationships between elite males in Greece was paiderastia (pederasty), meaning "boy love". [19], Love or desire between males is a very frequent theme in Roman literature. Now available in English for the first time, Female Homosexuality in Ancient Greece and Rome includes a preface by David Halperin. It is unclear how such relations between same-sex partners were regarded in the general society, especially for women, but examples do exist as far back as the time of Sappho. 558561. Now available in English for the first time, Female Homosexuality in Ancient Greece and Rome. A man who wore women's clothes, Ulpian notes, would risk making himself the object of scorn. Please try again. ${cardName} not available for the seller you chose. [217] "Death by sword" was the punishment for a "man coupling like a woman" under the Theodosian Code. [41] Vergil describes their love as pius, linking it to the supreme virtue of pietas as possessed by the hero Aeneas himself, and endorsing it as "honorable, dignified and connected to central Roman values". [190] During the Roman Imperial era, sources for same-sex relations among women, though still rare, are more abundant, in the form of love spells, medical writing, texts on astrology and the interpretation of dreams, and other sources. [55], The treatment given to the subject in such vessels is idealized and romantic, similar to that dispensed to heterosexuality. [197] There is only one known depiction of a woman penetrating another woman in Roman art, whereas women using dildos is common in Greek vase painting. The Role of Women in Ancient Egyptian Civilization. [41], The subject has caused controversy in modern Greece. Some scholars believe that same-sex relationships, especially pederasty, were common only among the aristocracy, and that such relationships were not widely practised by the common people (demos). [26] Also remarked elsewhere in Novius' fragments is that the sexual use of boys ceases after "their butts become hairy". [120] Unlike the freeborn Greek eromenos ("beloved"), who was protected by social custom, the Roman delicatus was in a physically and morally vulnerable position. Some social constructionists have even gone so far as to deny that sexual preference was a significant category for the ancients or that any kind of subculture based on sexual object-choice existed in the ancient world," p. 2 (he cites Halperin and Foucault in the social constructionist camp and Boswell and Thorp in the essentialist; cf. Butrica, "Some Myths and Anomalies in the Study of Roman Sexuality," pp. "[192], Greek words for a woman who prefers sex with another woman include hetairistria (compare hetaira, "courtesan" or "companion"), tribas (plural tribades), and Lesbia; Latin words include the loanword tribas, fricatrix ("she who rubs"), and virago. [178] During the Republic, homosexual behavior among fellow soldiers was subject to harsh penalties, including death,[179] as a violation of military discipline. 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