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Image Index > Sex Acts > Youth Prepares To Sit On Another'S Erection

A naked boy climbs up onto the lap of a seated boy of about the same age, who displays a prominent erection. Anal intercourse appears to be the object. A man watches from his porch, along with a woman who is barely visible inside the house. Are they the mother and father of one of the boys, or a brothel-keep and a prostitute? Is their expression one of disapproval or benign tolerance?

Artist Dinos Painter
Date c. 420 BCE
Museum and Inventory Number London, British Museum F65
References and Publications ARV2 1154.35
K. J. Dover, Greek Homosexuality (London 1978) R954
E. Keuls, The Reign of the Phallus (New York 1985) Fig. 263.
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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