> “...It was accepted in very narrow terms and considered a pathology of the very wealthy...” <
Good catch. That statement sounds like it would be closer to the “norm” for the majority who are usually voiceless. Why? Unfortunately rural folk in the ancient world didn’t write the histories - they couldn’t write much less read. To receive an education one had to have wealth - so guess who wrote the histories?
Interest in how ancient peoples lived, other than the very wealthy, has been of increasing interest during the last half of the 20th century, something I believe we Americans fostered. Personally I’m glad to see it.
Western Civilization’s classical perception of the ancient world has tended to be fixed by the interests of 18th-19th century Europeans, a group whose backgrounds were anything but middleclass. The homosexual agenda goes way back.
Thank you for the civil conversation on this subject.
The issue was not about the presence of homosexuality in Greece, it was the use of use of "rampant". It made it sound like the Greeks were all rump rangers.
They were not and most of the ones who did participate in this repulsive behavior practiced more of a pedastry with feminine looking adolescent boys, never grown men.