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Mystery of the Nile:   Part 2   Death of Antinous

Antinous became the eromenos until he entered puberty. After that time, if a man wanted to remain in a submissive role it was considered pathetic. 

As Antinous approached his 19 birthday, he embarked on a journey down the Nile with Hadrian. Most scholars agree that on this trip Antinous scrificed himself to the Nile. Thereby, like Ganymede, he gained the status of a renown god. Antinous was the last great god to arise from the Roman Empire.

Ganymede rolling a hoop and carrying a cockerel, a love gift from Zeus who is depicted in pursuit on the other side of this Attic red-figure krater, dated 500-490 BC.

Animal gifts - most commonly hares and roosters, but also deer and felines - were often exchanged between eromenoi and erastai, and when depicted in ancient Greek works, are often interpreted as metaphors of sexual pursuit.

There is some pleasure in loving a boy, since once in fact even the son of Cronus (that is, Zeus), king of immortals, fell in love with Ganymede, seized him, carried him off to Olympus, and made him divine, keeping the lovely bloom of boyhood. So, don’t be astonished, Simonides, that I too have been revealed as captivated by love for a handsome boy.
—  Theognidean corpus 1345–50, as cited by Kamen, “The Life Cycle in Archaic Greece”
The central distinction in ancient Greek sexual relations was between taking an active or insertive role, versus a passive or penetrated one. The passive role was acceptable only for inferiors, such as women, slaves, or male youths who were not yet citizens. Hence the cultural ideal of a same-sex relationship was between an older man, probably in his 20’s or 30’s, known as the erastes, and a boy whose beard had not yet begun to grow, the eromenos or paidika. In this relationship there was courtship ritual, involving gifts (such as a rooster), and other norms. The erastes had to show that he had nobler interests in the boy, rather than a purely sexual concern. The boy was not to submit too easily, and if pursued by more than one man, was to show discretion and pick the more noble one. There is also evidence that penetration was often avoided by having the erastes face his beloved and place his penis between the thighs of the eromenos, which is known as intercrural sex. The relationship was to be temporary and should end upon the boy reaching adulthood (Dover, 1989).
—  http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/homosexuality/, proof that the ancient Greeks invented yaoi (this is not my history homework)

Oh god this wasn’t supposed to be a public post I don’t know what’s with my computer and tumblr these days. Anyway.
Rachel, bonjour!! Comment ça va?
Aina: I have too many ideas and it’s stressing me out. Either a Cloud Atlas related one (so most likely a shooting star that I would have on my wrist or ankle), or something to do with The Song of Achilles (I was thinking of having erastes/eromenos tattooed on two opposite limbs or just hetairos- this probably doesn’t make any sense if you haven’t read the book/don’t know shit about ancient Greek/don’t know anything about Achilles’s legend but you wanted to know so THERE YOU GO), or a tiny lightning tattoo because HP feels. Or something related to my time here in America because it means a lot to me and i think it’d be a good memory to have (: I’ve had hundreds of ideas over the months but these are the ones that stuck.
Vioert: fooooood. Food is so important.

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