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2.27: Selected Inscriptions on Athenian Vases = Athenian Agora 21 C

Many drinking vessels of Athenian manufacture were inscribed with boys' names and the epithet "beautiful" or the generic phrase "the boy is beautiful." Some of the more interesting variants are assembled here, ranging in date from the early seventh century to the late fifth.

[1] (second quarter of 7th century) The boy is abominable.99
[5] (late 6th century) Titas, the Olympic victor, is anal.100
[7] (late 6th-early 5th century) Menecrates is beautiful and dear to Lysicles.
[8] (early 5th century) Hegestratus had intercourse with me.
[18] (second quarter of 5th century) Sosias is anal. So says the one who wrote this.
[23] (second quarter of 5th century) Sydromachus of the gaping anus submitted.
[26] (third quarter of 5th century) Aristomenes is anal.
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