Is it just that the painting's solicitation of a pederastic
gaze--one organized within an imaginary Middle Eastern setting--pulls the implied Western viewer's line of sight toward a tabooed erotic vector?
Similarly in Death in Venice, young Tadzio represents the singular erotic figure with which Aschenbach becomes fixated, thus both texts portray the double, inextricable transgressions of homosexual and pederastic
desire and may, in fact, be more specifically defined as tales of pederastic
The images of hevrutah intimacy in Jewish queer literature are sometimes strikingly reminiscent of the typical Athenian images of pederastic
relationships between mentors-lovers and their students-beloveds (erastes/eromenos pairs).
One of the anonymous reviewers writes that [phrase omitted] is often used of pederastic
relationships to express the submission of the [phrase omitted] to the [phrase omitted] (Dover 1978, 44-45, 83; cf.
associations are implied but not elaborated: Pericles was urging citizens to love the young democracy.
(20) Aristotle rejects as asymmetrical the pederastic
(56) Makron also depicts youths similarly lifting the himation off their shoulders in pederastic
scenes in which the eromenos (boy) makes the gesture to reveal his body to the erastes (older man), as on a kylix by Makron in the Staatliche Antikensammlung und Glyptothek Munchen (Fig.
Also relevant is the erotic component of the Socratic/Platonic philosophical system, especially Socrates' confessed pederastic
Detailed discussion of passages from William Shakespeare, John Lyly, Ben Jonson, Thomas Middleton, and other early modern dramatists provides insights that illuminate Johnston's notable depiction of the dutifully submissive beardless boy--heroine, who parades herself as a pederastic
boy in order to marry a bearded man to whom she has 'managed to establish her erotic subordination' (p.
Depicting the relationship of Hyacinth and Apollo as pederastic
would continue through the 16th century.
Gaveston will present the king with "a lovely boy in Dian's shape" (1.60); and with the son of the house himself dressed as "the woman in the scene" (Coriolanus, 2.2.92), such were, in fact, the pederastic
masquerades prepared for James at Wilton.
And although the emotional power of these relationships in literature was usually baffled in the sentimental language of schoolboy friendship and swathed in a Platonizing rhetoric, Greek pederastic
tradition made writers aware of the sexual undertones (Crompton 267-68; Hekma 435-40).