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Image Index > Age-Equal Adolescent Interactions > Older Boy Converses With Younger Boy

A somewhat older boy in a short chiton crouches down to hold an intimately engaged conversation with a boy who remains tightly wrapped up in his cloak. The casualness of the older figure's attire may suggest a greater comfort with exhibiting his body to public display, as opposed to the boy's marked modesty. That he crouches down to put his eyes on a direct level with the boy and positions his face so near the boy's implies a desire for closer intimacy, but on a level of equality.

Artist Unknown
Date Mid-fifth Century
Museum and Inventory Number Athens, Kanellopoulos Museum, no number
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This website makes available to the public the first two chapters of Homosexuality in Greece and Rome: A Sourcebook of Basic Documents, edited by Thomas K. Hubbard and published by University of California Press in April 2003. The index also lists the rest of the sourcebook's contents; the book may be ordered at, list price $34.95 paperback. In addition, a file of close to 200 pertinent artistic images is assembled, including those published in the sourcebook and many others. Acknowledgement is made to University of California Press for permission to reproduce this material, as well as to the various museums that have granted permission to use their photographic images. Comments may be directed to Prof. Hubbard at