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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.
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(ɪˈfi bəs)

n., pl. -bi (-baɪ)
a youth of ancient Greece just entering manhood or commencing training for full Athenian citizenship.
[1885–95; < Latin; see ephebe]
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This is underscored by the many references to his identity crisis: "I a woman, I a young man, I a lad, I a boy" (ego mulier, ego adulescens, ego ephebus, ego puer, 63); (17) "Shall I now be called a servant-girl of the gods and a maidservant to Cybele?" (ego nunc deum ministra et Cybeles famula ferar?, 68); "Shall I be a Maenad, I a part of me, I a sterile man?" (ego Maenas, ego mei pars, ego vir sterilis ero?, 69).
Quid hoc sibi vellet scite intellexit Ephebus, & motus internos prodidit vultus.
I assigned Drusus and a red-haired lad, Ephebus, to stand guard over the wheelbarrows, fearful that the oryx might overturn them in his late-night meanderings, and then I retired to my tent.
The obvious terror of red-haired Ephebus assured me that I was mistaken.
First, you will fan out across the hills and bring Sleepy Drusus back to camp." Then I looked pointedly at Ephebus. "And you may assure the young man that nobody will raise a hand against him over this episode."
Ephebus fell silently to his bare knees, his body slumped, moisture staining his pock-marked cheeks.
I approached Ephebus and rested my staff" on his shoulder.
(4.) In ancient Greece an ephebus was any Athenian youth who entered into a specialized training program in preparation for full citizenship.
not simply an art but an expertise, a profession, a craft.(27) Similarly, when Encolpius attempts to approach sexually the 'frater ephebus', he finds him a 'doctissimus puer' (140.11).(28)