The Pederastic Gaze in Two Greek Vases

By
Ross Brendle
Ross Brendle is a Ph.D. student in the Interdepartmental Program in Classical Art & Archaeology. His primary focus is the history of ancient Greek art, especially vase-painting of the Archaic Period. In Fall 2013, he will be the Michael Jameson fellow at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens.

Kylix by the Antiphon Painter, JHUAM B11.

The Pederastic Gaze in Two Greek Vases in the JHUAM

The institution of pederasty (the characteristically Greek relationships between men and boys) was a recurring theme in the art of the ancient Greeks. Many of these images have an unmistakably erotic quality, while others take a more nuanced approach. Two red-figure cups in the JHUAM fall in the latter category, showing boys in the gymnasium on view for older men within the scene and for the users of the vessel.

 

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