Images of Ancient Greek Pederasty

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Sexual relations between men and adolescent boys were a social institution in Athens, Sparta and some other Greek states. This book surveys the history of this practice and the scholarly attention that has been given to it.

The bulk of the book collects a large representative selection of vase paintings and other pictorial evidence for the practice, from illustrations of courting (making gifts, e.g. of a hare or a cock) to more graphic scenes. It is the most comprehensive treatment available of an institution that has few modern parallels. Cantarella is well known as an authority on the history of ancient sexuality, and Andrew Lear as a historian of Greek art. The book also incorporates a complete catalogue, compiled by Keith de Vries, of relevant vase-paintings.

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Andrew Lear is an Assistant Professor of Classics at Pomona College; Eva Cantarella is Professor of Greek and Roman Law at the University of Milan.


"This extremely likable and well-presented book ... will present essential reading for anyone working in the field of ancient sexuality and/or classical Greek iconography ... This is a well-balanced and superbly written book – and one that is no doubt destined for classic status." –American Journal of Archaeology

"This volume will be a much-used starting point for students and scholars of Greek male sexuality." – Times Higher Education Supplement

"This book meets a real need. The very fact that the authors analysis is based on study of approximately 1000 vases (111 of which they illustrate) makes Images of Ancient Greek Pederasty a valuable resource, and an appendix including a catalogue of 647 vases compiled by the late Keith DeVries only adds to its value. The book greatly expands the amount of material available to nonspecialists, demonstrating that there are considerably more pederastic scenes in the surviving vases than has generally been believed, and its balanced and articulate readings of the material--the authors carefully describe recurring patterns, make allowance for exceptions, discuss alternative interpretations, and do not press when the evidence only goes so far--make it a significant contribution to our understanding of Greek pederasty." – Bryn Mawr Classical Review

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