Neither Homer nor Hesiod ever explicitly ascribes homosexual experiences to the gods or to heroes. One such scholar is Bruce Thorntonwho argues that insults directed at pederastic males in the comedies of Aristophanes show the common people's dislike for the practice. University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Some have thought such images must indicate yet another about-turn in sexual attitudes. Boys Were Their Gods Routledge,
Strauss, Fathers and Sons in Athens:
Homosexuality in ancient Greece
This waiting period allowed the boy to ensure that his suitor was not merely interested in him for sexual purposes, but felt a genuine emotional affection for him and was interested in assuming the mentor role assigned to him in the pederastic paradigm. Homosexuality in the militaries of ancient Greece. Classical Criticism Cambridge University Press, p. Sometimes the Greeks seemed to approve of it wholeheartedly, even to suggest that it was the highest and noblest form of love. At the end of this time, the philetor presented the youth with three contractually required gifts: Homosexuality was not only referring to relationships between males, but it was also manifested in lesbian love. The myth of Ganymede's abduction, however, was not taken seriously by some in Athenian society, and deemed to be a Cretan fabrication designed to justify their homoeroticism.
The most common form of same-sex relationships between males in Greece was paiderastia pederastymeaning "boy love". What of Sappho and the lady-loving ladies of Lesbos? Friedman and Jennifer I. This debate seems to have become particularly intense in the 4th century, and the vast majority of our information about it comes from three men, writing in the decades around BC, and almost certainly acquaintances: Plato's Symposium mentions women who "do not care for men, but have female attachments". Darker elements - such as the tearing of Orpheus limb from limb by the Thracian women - are not portrayed as an effect of homophobia, but of sins such as jealousy. No, something more than that.