Laes 2010 Pedophilia

Title Information

Author: Christian Laes

Title: When Classicists Need to Speak up

Subtitle: Antiquity and Present Day Pedophilia – Pederasty

In: Aeternitas Antiquitatis: Proceedings of the Symposium Held in Skopje, August 28. As Part of the 2009 Annual Conference of Euroclassica

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Place: Skopje

Publisher: Association of Classical Philologists ANTIKA and Faculty of Philosophy in Skopje

Year: 2010

Pages: 30-59

ISBN-13: 9789989284625 – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat

Language: English

Keywords: Ancient Greece, Ancient Rome | Types: Child Abuse; Victims: Boys

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Author: Christian Laes, Departement Geschiedenis, Universiteit Antwerpen

Abstract: »This paper demonstrates that one should not necessarily make sharp distinctions between the constructionist and the essentialist view concerning the question of boy love in Antiquity. It is possible to combine both approaches to come to a better understanding of both the past and the present. The author reveals how the practice of pederasty highlights vital ancient concepts about children, which should always be borne in mind when tempting to compare with modern society.This, however, does not mean that Antiquity can unambiguously be used to make a straightforward plea for the acceptance of what we commonly call pedophile relationships. On the other hand, ancient historians should not be restrained from calling attention to ambiguities or inconsistencies in present-day understandings of childhood and children's sexuality. As such, the study of ancient sexuality forces us to consider whether it is possible to think in another way than we think and to perceive in another way than we are used to perceive.« [Source: Aeternitas Antiquitatis]


  1. Introduction (p. 30)
  2. Pedophilia and Pederasty as Modern Constructs (p. 33)
  3. The Ancient Construct of Sexuality (p. 35)
  4. The Essentialist's View: Why Should We Refer to the Past? (p. 42)
  5. Daily Practice in Antiquity: Occurence and Ages of Pederasty-Pedophilia (p. 44)
  6. Ancient Concepts of Children (p. 47)
  7. Present Day Concepts of Children and Sexuality (p. 50)
  8. Conclusion: Classics as an Emancipatory and Liberating Subject (p. 52)
  Bibliography (p. 54)

Wikipedia: Child abuse, Pederasty

Added: February 15, 2014 | Last updated: February 15, 2014