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J Homosex. 1990;20(1-2):31-40.

The Thera inscriptions--ritual or slander?

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Criminological Institute, University of Utrecht, Netherlands.

Abstract

Inscriptions carved in a rock on the Greek island of Thera and dating from the 6th or 7th century BC have homosexual contents. Originally considered a testimony to ritual sacred acts, they were described by Marrou (1956) and Dover (1978) as vulgar pornographic graffiti. Arguments against this view and in favor of the formal ritual interpretation are proposed. A final explanation is suggested, conforming to local customs and the general conceptions of ancient Greek boy-love.

PMID:
2086637
DOI:
10.1300/J082v20n01_04
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