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Image Index > Courtship Scenes > Boys Show Varying Degrees Of Responsiveness To Their Gifts

Three courting couples. Clothing is used to indicate varying degrees of engagement or interest on the part of the boys. The man on the right offers a flower or crown to an unresponsive boy who remains tightly wrapped in his mantle, whereas the youth in the center offers a hare to a boy who reaches out to accept it and throws back his garment enough to reveal his shoulder and breast, and the boy on the left opens up his clothing to reveal a view of his entire body to the youth who offers him a fighting cock and visibly looks down to examine his penis. The more flesh is revealed, the more responsive the boy appears to be; the boys reveal more corresponding to the value of the gifts offered, but it also bears noting that the least responsive boy is the one with the greatest age difference relative to his suitor.

Artist Macron
Date c. 480 BCE
Museum and Inventory Number Staatliche Antikensammlung, Munich. 2655.
References and Publications ARV2 471.196
Dover, K. J. 1978. Greek Homosexuality. London. R637
N. Kunisch, Makron (Mainz 1997) no. 193
Koch-Harnack, G. 1983. Knabenliebe und Tiergeschenke: Ihre Bedeutung im päderastischen Erziehungsystem Athens. Berlin. Fig. 75.
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