Cohen- Homosexuality in Ancient Athens

Cohen’s article is a very source driven response addressing Athenian norms and customs related to pederasty. Some interesting points i found noteworthy pertain to the fact that as the Title refers to Athens as the topic, much of the data was found on Sparta, a separate city state with separate culture. I also found interesting the distinction of the word hubris as it was meant then, verses now. Hubris as used in that time had a very sexual connotation, and was meant to be avoided in making shameful the recipient. Hubris now though is related to excess pride, and doesn’t carry the sexual connotation.

The article was interesting because the author was able to write intelligently on a subject that isn’t talked about often in great detail.



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