Pederasty in ancient Greece was a socially acknowledged romantic relationship between an adult male the erastes and a younger male the eromenos usually in his teens. Some scholars locate its origin in initiation ritual , particularly rites of passage on Crete , where it was associated with entrance into military life and the religion of Zeus. Scholars have debated the role or extent of pederasty, which is likely to have varied according to local custom and individual inclination. He is aware of his attractiveness, but self-absorbed in his relationship with those who desire him.
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