Images of Ancient Greek Pederasty : Boys Were Their Gods Paperback / softback
This lavishly illustrated book brings together, for the first time, all of the different ways in which vase-painting portrays or refers to pederasty, from scenes of courtship, foreplay, and sex, to scenes of Zeus with his boy-love Ganymede, to painted inscriptions praising the beauty of boys.
The book shows how painters used the language of vase-painting to cast pederasty in an idealizing light, portraying it as part of a world in which beautiful elite males display praiseworthy attitudes, such as moderation, and engage in approved activities, such as hunting, athletics, and the symposium.
The book also incorporates a comprehensive catalogue of relevant vase-paintings, compiled by noted archaeologist Keith DeVries.
It is the most comprehensive treatment available of an institution that has few modern parallels.
- Format: Paperback / softback
- Pages: 288 pages, 137 Halftones, black and white
- Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
- Publication Date: 02/11/2009
- Category: Classical history / classical civilisation
- ISBN: 9780415564045