erastes

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From Ancient Greek ἐραστής (erastḗs, lover), from ἐραν (eran, be in love with).

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erastes (plural erastai)

  1. (Greek History) An adult man who courted or was in an pederastic relationship with an adolescent boy, who was called an eromenos.
    • 2002: In regard to the boys (erōmenos) involved in ancient Greek pederasty, Dover (1978:52) asked: “What does the eromenos get out of submission to his erastēs?” — Stephen O Murray, Pacific Homosexualities (iUniverse 2002, p. 80)

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