n Acta Classica : Proceedings of the Classical Association of South Africa - Cruel boys and ageing men : the paederastic poems in the Theocritean corpus

Volume 47, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0065-1141
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In this analysis of the paederastic poems in the Theocritean corpus (<I>Idylls</I> 12, 23, 29, 30), the author argues that the poet reflects intensely on mutuality in a relationship between an older and younger man and engages not only with the paederastic literary tradition (as has been argued by many contemporary scholars), but also creates a 'homosexual identity' not encountered in texts of the Archaic and Classical periods.

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