While the practice of pedophilia today is a morally wrong and illegal act, some of the Ancient Greeks and Romans regarded it as a common practice and sometimes something to be celebrated. Pedophilia was common in Greek and Roman mythology and daily life. Attic Red-Figure Psykter , wine flask depicting the practice of pederasty, or the courting of a younger boy by an older man, common among Greek nobility, Getty Museum. Pedophilia is defined as a sexual attraction to children. In modern times, pedophilia is seen as morally abhorrent behavior, and it is defined a psychiatric disorder.
Laid bare: the sex life of the ancient Greeks in all its physical glory | Museums | The Guardian
The ancient Greeks were never at a loss for words when it came to love and lust — and an exhibition that opened in Athens today laying bare the practice of sex in classical times through an unprecedented collection of eye-popping art partly explains why. Eros, the god of love and the great loosener of limbs, was many things: irresistible, tender, beautiful, excruciating, maddening, merciless and bittersweet. There was no position, no touch, no predilection too outre to pay homage to him. From the affectionate embrace to group sex, love came in many forms. Standing before a giant marble phallus that once graced the facade of an ancient Greek home, he added: "It had what I call balance. By amassing some objets d'art, including masterpieces from more than 50 international museums which date from the 6th century BC to the 4th century AD, Stampolidis has pulled off the impressive feat of telling the story of love in antiquity.
The ancient Greeks played an integral role in forming modern society. Ancient Greece's views on copulation were far less conservative than contemporary society's. Doing the dirty with both men and women was the norm in Athens, and men often took on proteges who doubled as passive physical partners. There were, however, social structures and unspoken rules concerning the practice.
S parta. A group of teenage girls are carrying a plough through the night, like a team of oxen. Teenage girls, invol-ved in some kind of ritual, processing towards a mountain ridge.