inspirer

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a leader who stimulates and excites people to action

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The age when uncritical essentialism (15) was acceptable in discussions of Greco-Roman homosexuality is hopefully long gone, and a social-constructionist interpretation of the love story which is sensitive to the ancient preconceptions about pederasty will let one better understand how Xenophon intended to depict, and his immediate audience would have perceived, Hippothoos the erastes.
The subject of the verb is Hippothoos, and the object is Hyperanthes, placing the former in the category of the active erastes and the latter in that of the passive eromenos.
Much of the dialogue focuses on the question whether the boy is better off accepting as his lover a man who is passionately aroused, a true erastes, or a "non-lover," a more sober sort who is not carried away by passion.
Were the erastes truly interested in the boy's soul, he would want him around even when the youth had reached maturity, and they could continue enjoying each other's company.
Lauritsen sees the unfolding congress between Victor and Walton as "informed by the ancient Greek model of pedagogical eros: Frankenstein is the erastes (inspirer) and Walton, the eromenos (listener).
Our three Greek historians (Arrian, Diodorus, and Plutarch) never term [Hephaistion] erastes or eromenos, only philos or malista timomenos.
The figures who desire or are desired constitute a rich ancient taxonomy, including, among others, the erastes (an older male lover); the eromenos (his willing but not passionate younger male beloved); the kinaidos (typically the male who perversely desires to be sexually penetrated "like a woman"); the gunaikes (citizen-wives), hetaera (courtesans) and pornae (common prostitutes); and the tribades (females who perversely perform sexual acts on other women "like a man").
Erastes, usually young men who partnered with eromenoi, were not pedophiles.
A clear elucidation of the relationship between eromenos and erastes ("hearer" and "inspirer") can be found in K.
As a god, Apollo necessarily functioned as the teacher, the adult male citizen, and erastes (active lover).
Haarmann, driven by a similar uncontrollable desire for young boys, offers them food, shelter, and the prospect of a better life, feigning the role of the kindly older lover or erastes of ancient Greek fame.