Violent debate, enthusiastic writings, shamefaced silence, routes of fantasy: few areas of ancient culture are incredibly hotly contested as Greek pederasty, or – even as we shall see below – homosexuality. Since the British classicist K.J. Dover published their influential guide Greek Homosexuality in 1978, an avalanche of brand new studies has showed up. We are able to discern two approaches:
- The approach that is historical scholars are seeking the (hypothetical) origins of pederasty in extremely ancient initiation rites and attempt to reconstruct a development.