Wednesday, July 1, 2009

A lovers gift

Most people doesn't know about it, but in Greece a (presumably dead) rabbit was a lovers gift from an older man to a younger. Here is a depiction of a young man with such a gift from ca 500 BC and we actually know his name - Krates. This is tahnks to an inscription saying Krates on one side and kalos (handsome) on the other. The word kalos is normally used to describe a young man as beautiful rather than a woman.

This way to name sought after youths was common between the mid 6th century and the end of the fifth, we know a great deal of such young lovers by name - and they change rapidly!

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