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 (ĕf′ēb′, ĭ-fēb′) also e·phe·bus (ĭ-fē′bəs)
n. pl. e·phebes also e·phe·bi (ĭ-fē′bī)
A youth between 18 and 20 years of age in ancient Greece.

[Latin ephēbus, from Greek ephēbos : ep-, epi-, epi- + hēbē, early manhood.]

e·phe′bic adj.


(ɪˈfiːb; ˈɛfiːb)
(Historical Terms) (in ancient Greece) a youth about to enter full citizenship, esp one undergoing military training
[C19: from Latin ephēbus, from Greek ephēbos, from hēbē young manhood]
eˈphebic adj


(ɪˈfib, ˈɛf ib)

a young man, esp. an ephebus.
[1690–1700; < Latin ephēbus < Greek éphēbos=ep- ep- + -hēbos, derivative of hḗbē manhood]
e•phe′bic, adj.


nEphebe m
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Polinskaya (2003, 14n14) therefore distinguishes a broader notion of the ephebe from its association with the ephebeia institutionalized by Lycurgus in the second half of the fourth century BCE, defining ephebes in this sense "as an age-group, from the onset of puberty to twenty years of age when young men gained full access to citizenship rights.
There are lightly bearded ephebes with their flies in the rear.
Recent scholarship suggests that the choral dancing was performed by ephebes (young men) in their athletic prime and resembled "aesthetically elevated" military maneuvers (Winkler 22-23).
On the second year they did practical military exercises, and ephebes (young men of age) were assigned to military frontier garrisons.
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In literary studies, Harold Bloom labels this awareness the "anxiety of influence," a dynamic where young poet ephebes, locked in a Freudian family drama, wrestle with their older master precursors in order to make "history by misreading one another".
His statues of ephebes and his busts would have been inconceivable without the example of Mantegna's Paduan frescoes and the Triumphs of Caesar, a brilliant demonstration of sculpture and architecture all'antica.
He was not persuaded at all by Andre Gide's argument in Corydon (translated in the late 1920's) as to the naturalness of a masculine, assertive homosexuality directed--as it had been, Gide argued, in ancient Greece--toward ephebes.
The term is, for instance, also used for teachers of ephebes (SEG 39.
Consequently, his descriptions transmit the exquisite decadence of the milieu: the Dionysian soirees held in caves on the outskirts of Athens by members of the Lykaion cult who became purely instinctual beings with the help of a hallucinogen known as kyon; Heracles Pontor's encounter with the hetaera Yasintra and his incongruous relationship with Ponsica, his female slave, who wanted more than anything else to stick a dagger into his fleshy neck when it became apparent that he was coming too close to solving the murders of three ephebes from the academy.
English art reflected these yearnings and it is apparent in the dreamy-eyed men and women of the pre-Raphaelites, in Simeon Solomon's angelic ephebes and occasionally in the work of Aubrey Beardsley particularly when he side-stepped the decadent as he did occasionally.
84) At Athens the moderators were indeed educational officials: namely, the officers appointed by the city to oversee the training of the ephebes, youths between the ages of eighteen and twenty.