“Same-Sex Relationships in Ancient Greek Socio-Military Culture”
Greek mythology has many stories of male gods taking male human lovers. In addition, an abundance of respected martial heroes were involved in close relationships with other men. Greeks believed that these male-male relationships made the military stronger. This relationship known as pederasty was used to harden young Greek men into soldiers. Heather Frady, biology major, women and gender studies minor, discusses the pederasty and its importance in forming the concept of what it meant to be a man, a Greek, and a soldier. Presented by EWU Women’s Studes Center.