Were ancient greek gay

Ancient Greece is known for its acceptance of bisexual behavior. In classical antiquity, writers such as Herodotus, [1] Plato, [2] Xenophon, [3] Athenaeus [4] and many others explored aspects of same-sex love in ancient Greece. The most widespread and socially significant form of close same-sex sexual relations in ancient Greece was between adult men and adolescent boys, known as pederasty. It is important to note, however, that marriages in Ancient Greece between men and women were also age structured, with men in their 30s commonly taking wives in their early teens.
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Homosexuality according to ancient Greek physicians

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Homosexuality in ancient Greece - Wikipedia

In classical antiquity , writers such as Herodotus , [1] Plato , [2] Xenophon , [3] Athenaeus [4] and many others explored aspects of homosexuality in Greece. The most widespread and socially significant form of same-sex sexual relations in ancient Greece was between adult men and pubescent or adolescent boys, known as pederasty marriages in Ancient Greece between men and women were also age structured, with men in their thirties commonly taking wives in their early teens. It is unclear how such relations between women were regarded in the general society, but examples do exist as far back as the time of Sappho. The ancient Greeks did not conceive of sexual orientation as a social identifier as modern Western societies have done. Greek society did not distinguish sexual desire or behavior by the gender of the participants, but rather by the role that each participant played in the sex act, that of active penetrator or passive penetrated. The most common form of same-sex relationships between males in Greece was paiderastia pederasty , meaning "boy love". It was a relationship between an older male and an adolescent youth.
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Ancient Greece

AD This era was immediately followed by the Early Middle Ages and the Byzantine period. The Hellenistic period ended with the conquest of the eastern Mediterranean world by the Roman Republic , and the annexation of the Roman province of Macedonia in Roman Greece , and later the province of Achaea during the Roman Empire. Classical Greek culture , especially philosophy, had a powerful influence on ancient Rome , which carried a version of it throughout the Mediterranean and much of Europe.
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Homosexuality and pedophilia in ancient Greece greatly concerned many researchers who were mainly interested in highlighting the social aspect of this phenomenon in ancient Greek society. An important source on the subject was the paintings of a man and his lover in attic black and red figured pottery, up to the end of the 5th century BC. Another main source was the information that derived from the texts of ancient Greek literature, especially poetry. Homosexuality was not only referring to relationships between males, but it was also manifested in lesbian love. It is believed that in the Homeric world homosexuality was not favored.
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