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The criminal offense of unnatural copulation between men.
The term pederasty is usually defined as anal intercourse of a man with a boy. Pederasty is a form of Sodomy.
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Sometimes Jowett tries to translate ancient paiderastia
(a type of social contract between an older and a younger man governed by precise laws of conduct) into modern heterosexual terms.
Ellis (1930:1-64) cites numerous examples in his discussion of paiderastia
drawn from this Journal and notes that it 'contains many studies bearing on the ideal and aesthetic aspects of homosexuality' based on early Greek civilisation.
Subsequent commentaries on (and works inspired by) Plato's dialogues on love and a Neoplatonic hermeneutic would transform Plato's paiderastia
and Ficino's homoerotic pedagogy and spirituality into a Renaissance version of fin'amors (courtly love), one that was resolutely heterosexual and ostensibly offered the possibility of moral and spiritual improvement.