Originally Posted by slater ohm
I'd love for the greek gods to be real, they had flaws and twists among themselves and used men for their own good. they were more landlords then gods in the perspective of today's 'alknowing, always right' kinda gods.
I'd chill with Bacchus, he likes the drinks.
What you're referring to are the Roman warriors that had male relationships with other warriors in order to more effectively defend them on the battle field. That was a Roman strategy. They weren't even allowed to see the faces of their wives due to fear that female beauty would reduce their virility on the battlefield and result in more defections and less overall motivation to defend their country.
The great teachers of ancient Greece often exchanged their teaching for the adoration and sexual fornication with those students and the most dedicated, usually aristocratic young men with the means, would travel with those teachers. Socrates was actually charged with corrupting the minds of the youth, as his criticism of the societal structure of Athens often reached the ears of the movers and shakers of the day. Plato, however, was openly homosexual in practice where as with Socrates it seemed to be more of a surrender to his power and knowledge. The practice of what would now be deemed inappropriate relationships with male teenagers was considered normal in the time of Socrates and Plato and was not just a practice in sexual gratification, but rather as a sign of respect.