Beyond Pederasty: Finding Models for Adult Male Homosexuality in Classical Athens

Barnes, Kaitlyn Elizabeth (2014) Beyond Pederasty: Finding Models for Adult Male Homosexuality in Classical Athens. Undergraduate thesis, under the direction of Molly Pasco-Pranger from Classics, The University of Mississippi.

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Abstract

Modern discourse on homosexuality in Classical Athens has been dominated by the discussion of pederasty, a homoerotic relationship between a younger boy and an older man. Scholars base their work on a huge body of ancient evidence, especially vase imagery and textual sources. Little has been said about how Athenians viewed non-pederastic erotic relationships between adult male peers. I have considered this question, attempting to set aside the pederastic framework which scholars have used almost exclusively. To narrow the range of ancient evidence, I have looked closely at the development of two pairs – Achilles and Patroclus and Harmodius and Aristogeiton – through images and texts from the Archaic and Classical periods in Greece. I propose that the stories of these mythohistorical characters possibly reflect a tolerance for adult male homosexuality in Classical Athens.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Creators: Barnes, Kaitlyn Elizabeth
Student's Degree Program(s): B.A. in Classics
Thesis Advisor: Molly Pasco-Pranger
Thesis Advisor's Department: Classics
Institution: The University of Mississippi
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Depositing User: Kaitlyn Barnes
Date Deposited: 09 May 2014 15:59
Last Modified: 09 May 2014 15:59
URI: http://thesis.honors.olemiss.edu/id/eprint/158

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