eromenos

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From Ancient Greek ἐρώμενος (erṓmenos, beloved), from ἐράω (eráō, to love).

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eromenos (plural eromenoi)

  1. (historical) An adolescent boy in Ancient Greece who was courted by an older man, or was in an erotic relationship with him.
    • 1996, William Armstrong Percy III, Pederasty and Pedagogy in Archaic Greece, University of Illinois Press (1998), →ISBN, page 1:
      In his early twenties the young aristocratic lover (erastes) took a teen-aged youth, the eromenos or beloved, to bond with and train before going on at about age thirty to matrimony and fatherhood.

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