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Originally posted by truthseeka
With the Romans, I've read that adultery without compensation for the woman was agaisnt the law, but it was ok if you paid hookers.
Originally posted by truthseekaDoes anyone agree/disagree with this author's assessments?
Originally posted by Byrd
On the issue of homosexuality -- it was regularly practiced in Greece and in particular in the city-state of Sparta, home of the most feared military on the planet. An older man would take a teenaged boy of about 14 as his lover and they would become partners. The man would train the boy to be a warrior and would supply him with armor and weapons. The boy was his concubine, and they remained faithful partners until the boy reached a certain age -- the age of marriage.
Then the man would select a bride for his boy-lover.
Marriage was arranged, and it was a pretty loveless situation done strictly for economic reasons. Women were considered simply vehicles for sexual satisfaction. They were expected to stay home, bear children, and manage the household (if they could).
Although they were society's outcasts, prostitutes and concubines and dancers had it better than "honest women."
The age of marriage for girls was as young as 14... which WOULD be considered pedophila in our society.
Originally posted by longbow
I am not sure here, but I have read the male relationships in Sparta were not sexual. Indeed the older man was a "protector" and "friend".In fact the sex between teenager and male could be punished by death. Again I'm not sure about this I think I read it in Xenphon or Plutarchos.
This is generalization and not true in all states. Actually this model was practicized especially in Athens, so now most people think its' so. For example Spartan, Thesalian, Arcadian, Corinthian, Cretan and Macedonian womans had much more personal freedom - especially Spartan womans could choose their husband, and the married even lover (if the man agreed).
BTW I think our image of greek society is heavily influenced by Athenian cultural superiority during that times. Most historicans and philospohers were Athenians (especially during clasical era) so the image of greek society must be considered as Athenian point of view.