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Erastes vs. Eromenos

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Erastesnoun

(historical) An adult man in Ancient Greece who courted or was in a pederastic relationship with an adolescent boy.

Eromenosnoun

(historical) An adolescent boy in Ancient Greece who was courted by an older man, or was in an erotic relationship with him.

Eromenos

The word eromenos describes an adolescent boy who is the passive (or ‘receptive’, ‘subordinate’) partner in a homosexual relationship (usually between males), opposite to the word erastes (to love, the older and active partner) in Ancient Greece.

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