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Table of Contents > 2.15 Aristotle, Politics

2.15: Aristotle, Politics 2.10, 1272a22-26

In this chapter, Aristotle contends that the Spartans derived many of their institutions from Crete, and cites in particular the institution of common meals. In the midst of this discussion comes the following digression on pederasty.

The lawgiver38 gave much thought to the benefits of moderation in eating and also to the isolation of women, so that they not have many children. To this end he devised intercourse with males. There will be another occasion to examine whether this is a bad thing or not.
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