Thursday, July 12, 2018

Spartan Delights

Xenophon, a pro-Sparta Athenian, vehemently denies that there was homosexuality in the Spartan army, that the system of pairing adolescent trainees with veteran fighters had no sexual connotation. They ate together and slept together, but that was for socializing the fresh soldier. Xenophon sent his son to be educated in the Spartan army.

I salvaged from the University the complete plays of Aristophanes. In  "Peace" (Greek: Εἰρήνη Eirēnē) a caricature of a Spartan comes to negotiate the end of hostilities. Aristophanes makes him speak in an exaggerated Dorian dialect, and comment a propos of nothing "What a beautiful bottom". Classic Greek comedy is very gross and physical, the Greeks are always shitting, liberating gases and so. And buggering each other. Did they do so in reality?

I don't know. According to American surveys, 10% of the married heterosexual couples use the rear entrance once while, and the percentage grows to 30% among Africans and Hispanos. In this part of the world, the Turks are famous for their love of the "white pig". 

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