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In ancient Greece, the erastes (Template:Polytonic, "lover") (pl.: erastae) was an adult male involved in a pederastic relationship with an adolescent boy called the eromenos. Erastes was in particular an Athenian term for this role. Other terms were, in Sparta, eispnelas, "inspirer," and in Crete, philetor, "befriender."




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