Homosexuality in ancient Rome often differs markedly from the contemporary West. Latin lacks words that would precisely translate " homosexual Slave owners homosexual and " heterosexual ". Roman society was patriarchaland the freeborn male citizen possessed political liberty libertas and the right to rule both himself and his household familia. The conquest mentality and "cult of virility" shaped same-sex relations.
Roman men were free to enjoy Slave owners homosexual with other males without a perceived loss of masculinity or social status, as long as they took the dominant or penetrative role.
Acceptable male partners were slaves and former slaves, prostitutesand entertainers, whose lifestyle Slave owners homosexual them in the nebulous social realm of infamiaexcluded from the normal protections accorded a citizen even if they were technically free. Although Roman men in "Slave owners homosexual" seem to have preferred youths between the ages of 12 and 20 as sexual partners, freeborn male minors were off limits at certain periods of Rome, though professional prostitutes and entertainers might remain sexually available well into adulthood.
Same-sex relations among women are far "Slave owners homosexual" documented. Although Roman women of the upper classes were educated and are known to have both written poetry and corresponded with male relatives, very few Slave owners homosexual of anything that might have been written by women survived. Male writers took little interest in how women experienced sexuality in general. During the Republica Roman citizen's Slave owners homosexual liberty libertas was defined in part by Slave owners homosexual right to preserve his body from physical compulsion, including both corporal punishment and sexual abuse.
Williams has noted, "the prime directive of masculine sexual behavior for Romans". It was expected and socially acceptable for a freeborn Roman man to want sex with both female and male partners, as long as he took the penetrative role.
Both women and young men were considered objects of desire, but outside marriage a man was supposed to act on his desires with only slaves, prostitutes who were often slavesand the infames. Gender did not determine whether a sexual partner was acceptable, as long as a man's enjoyment did not encroach on another man's integrity. It was immoral to have sex with another freeborn man's wife, his marriageable daughter, his underage son, or with the man himself; sexual use of Slave owners homosexual man's slave was subject to the owner's permission.
Slave owners homosexual of self-control, including in managing one's sex lifeindicated a man was incapable of governing others; too much indulgence in "low sensual pleasure" threatened to erode the elite male's identity as a cultured person.
Homoerotic themes are introduced to Latin literature during a period of increasing Greek influence on Roman culture in the 2nd century BC. Greek cultural attitudes differed from those of the Romans primarily in idealizing eros between Slave owners homosexual male citizens of equal status, though usually with a difference of age see " Pederasty in ancient Greece ". An attachment to a male outside the family, seen as a "Slave owners homosexual" influence among the Greeks, within Roman society threatened the authority of the paterfamilias.
In the Imperial era, a perceived increase in passive homosexual behavior
Slave owners homosexual free males was associated with anxieties about the subordination of political liberty to the emperor, and led to an increase in executions and corporal punishment. The consul Quintus Lutatius Catulus was among a circle of poets who made short, light Hellenistic poems fashionable. One of his few surviving fragments is a poem of Slave owners homosexual addressed to a male with a Greek name.
Homoerotic themes occur throughout the works of poets writing during the reign of Augustusincluding elegies by Tibullus  and Propertius the second Eclogue of Vergiland several poems by Horace.
In the AeneidVergil draws on the Greek tradition of pederasty in a military setting by portraying the love between Nisus Slave owners homosexual Euryalus whose military valor marks them as solidly Roman men viri. By the end of the Augustan period OvidRome's leading literary figure, was alone among Roman figures in proposing a radically new agenda focused on love between men and women: Several other Roman writers, however, expressed a bias in favor of when sexual activity with males and females were compared, including JuvenalPlutarchStrato and the poet Martialwho often derided
Slave owners homosexual as sexual partners and celebrated the charms of pueri.
Representations of male—male and female—female sex are less common in art of
Slave owners homosexual Rome than are male—female sex acts. A frieze at the Suburban Baths in Pompeii shows a series of sixteen sex scenes, including same-sex couples, and same-sex pairings as a part group sex acts.
Threesomes in Roman art typically show two men penetrating a woman, but one of the Suburban scenes has one man entering a woman from the rear while he in turn receives anal sex from a man standing behind him. This scenario is described also by Catullus, Carmen 56, who considers it humorous. Roman attitudes toward male nudity differ from those of the ancient Greeks, who regarded idealized portrayals of the nude male as an expression of masculine excellence. The wearing of the toga marked a Roman man as a free citizen.
At the same time, the phallus was displayed ubiquitously in the form of the fascinuma magic charm thought to ward off malevolent forces; it became a customary decoration, found in the ruins of Pompeiiespecially in Slave owners homosexual form of wind chimes tintinnabula.
The Warren Cup is a piece of convivial silver, usually dated to the time of the Julio-Claudian dynasty 1st century ADthat depicts two scenes of male—male sex. On the "Greek" side, a bearded, mature man is penetrating a young but muscularly developed male in a rear-entry position. The young man, probably meant to be 17 or 18, holds on to a sexual apparatus for maintaining an otherwise awkward or uncomfortable sexual position.
A child-slave watches the scene furtively through a Slave owners homosexual ajar. The "Roman" side of the cup shows a puer delicatusage 12 to 13, held for intercourse in the arms of an older male, clean-shaven and fit. The bearded pederast may "Slave owners homosexual" Greek, with a partner who participates more freely and with a look of pleasure.
His counterpart, who has a more severe haircut, appears to be Roman, and thus uses a slave boy; the myrtle wreath he wears symbolizes his role as an
Slave owners homosexual erotic conqueror ". A man or boy who took the "receptive" role in sex was variously called cinaeduspathicusexoletusconcubinus male concubinespintria "analist"puer "boy"pullus "chick"pusiodelicatus especially in the phrase puer delicatus"exquisite" or "dainty boy"mollis "soft", used more generally as an aesthetic quality counter to aggressive masculinitytener "delicate"debilis "weak" or "disabled"effeminatusdiscinctus "loose-belted"pisciculi, spinthriae, and morbosus "sick".
As Amy Richlin has noted, "' gay ' is not exact, 'penetrated' is not self-defined, ' passive ' misleadingly connotes inaction" in translating this group "Slave owners homosexual" words into English. Some terms, such as exoletusspecifically refer to an adult; Romans who were socially marked as "masculine" did not confine their same-sex penetration of male prostitutes or slaves to those who were "boys" under the age of Martial describes, for example, the case of an older man who played the passive role and let a younger slave occupy the active role.
Cinaedus is a derogatory word denoting a male who was gender-deviant; his choice of sex Slave owners homosexual, or preference in sexual partner, was secondary to his perceived deficiencies as a "man" vir. The Slave owners homosexual, use of cosmetics, and
Slave owners homosexual of a cinaedus marked him as effeminate but the same effeminacy that Roman men might find alluring in a puer became unattractive in the physically mature male.
Originally, a cinaedus Greek kinaidos was a professional dancer, characterized as non-Roman or "Eastern"; the word itself may come from a language of Asia Minor. His performance featured tambourine -playing and movements of the buttocks that suggested anal intercourse.
Some Roman men kept a Slave owners homosexual concubine concubinus"one who lies with; a bed-mate" before they married a woman. Eva Cantarella has described this form of concubinage as "a stable sexual relationship, not exclusive but privileged". In a wedding hymnCatullus  portrays the groom's concubinus as anxious about his future and fearful of abandonment.
He plays an active role in the ceremonies, distributing the traditional nuts that boys threw rather like rice or birdseed in the modern Western tradition. The relationship with a concubinus might be discreet or more open: The concubinaa female concubine who might be free, held a protected legal status under Roman lawbut the concubinus did not, Slave owners homosexual he was typically a slave. Pathicus was a "blunt" word for a male who was penetrated sexually. It derived from the unattested Greek adjective pathikosfrom the verb paskheinequivalent to the Latin deponent patior, pati, passus"undergo, Slave owners homosexual to, endure, suffer".
Pathicus and cinaedus are often not distinguished in usage by Latin writers, but cinaedus may be a more general term for "Slave owners homosexual" male not in conformity with the role of vira "real man", while pathicus specifically denotes an adult male who takes the sexually receptive role. His sexuality was not defined by the gender of the person using him as a receptacle for sex, but rather his desire to be so used.
Because in Roman culture a man penetrates another adult male almost always expresses contempt or revenge, the pathicus might be seen as more akin to the sexual masochist in his experience of pleasure.
He might be penetrated orally or anally by a man or by a woman with a dildobut showed no desire for penetrating nor having his own penis stimulated.
He might also be dominated by a woman who compels him to perform cunnilingus. In the discourse of sexuality, puer "boy" was a role as well as an age group. The puer delicatus was an "exquisite" or "dainty" child-slave chosen by his master for his beauty as a " boy toy ",  also referred to as deliciae "sweets" or "delights".
Pueri delicati might be idealized in poetry. In the erotic elegies of Tibullusthe delicatus Marathus wears lavish and expensive clothing. Pullus was a term for a young animal, and particularly a chick. It was an affectionate word  traditionally used for a boy puer  who was "Slave owners homosexual" by someone "in an obscene sense".
The lexicographer Festus provides a definition and illustrates with a comic Slave owners homosexual. Quintus Fabius Maximus Eburnusa consul in BC and later a censor known for his moral severity, earned his cognomen meaning " Ivory " the modern equivalent might be " Porcelain " because of his fair good looks candor. Eburnus was said to have been struck by lightning on his buttocks, perhaps a reference to a birthmark. Although the Slave owners homosexual inviolability of underage male citizens is usually emphasized, this anecdote is among the evidence that even the most well-born youths might go through a phase in which they could be viewed as "sex objects".
The 4th-century Gallo-Roman poet Ausonius records the word pullipremo"chick-squeezer", which he says was used by the early satirist Lucilius. Pusio is etymologically related to "Slave owners homosexual," and means "boy, lad". It often Slave owners homosexual a distinctly sexual sexually demeaning connotation. Scultimidonus "asshole-bestower"  was rare and "florid" slang  that appears in a fragment from the early Roman satirist Lucilius.
The abstract noun impudicitia adjective impudicus was the negation of pudicitia Slave owners homosexual, "sexual morality, chastity". As a characteristic of males, it often implies the willingness to be penetrated. Impudicitia might be associated with behaviors in Slave owners homosexual men who retained a degree of boyish attractiveness but were old enough to be expected to behave according to masculine norms.
Julius Caesar was accused of bringing the notoriety of infamia upon himself, both when he was about 19, for taking the passive role in an affair with King Nicomedes of Bithyniaand later for many adulterous affairs with women. Latin had such a wealth of words for men outside the masculine norm that some scholars  argue for the existence of a homosexual subculture at Rome; that is, although the noun "homosexual" has no straightforward equivalent in Latin, literary sources reveal a pattern of behaviors among a minority of free men that indicate same-sex preference or orientation.
Plautus mentions a street known for male prostitutes. Juvenal states Slave owners homosexual such men scratched their heads with a finger to identify themselves. Apuleius indicates that cinaedi might form social alliances for mutual enjoyment, such as hosting dinner parties. In his novel
Slave owners homosexual Golden Asshe describes one group who jointly purchased Slave owners homosexual shared a concubinus. On one occasion, they invited a "well-endowed" young hick rusticanus iuvenis to their party, and took turns performing oral sex on him.
Other scholars, primarily those who argue from the perspective of " cultural constructionism ", maintain that Slave owners homosexual is not an identifiable social group of males who would have self-identified as "homosexual" as a community.
Although in general the Romans regarded marriage as a male—female union for the purpose of producing Slave owners homosexual, a few scholars believe that in the early Imperial period some male couples were celebrating traditional marriage rites in the presence of Both Martial and Juvenal refer to marriage between males as something that occurs not infrequently, although they disapprove of it.
Various ancient sources state that the emperor Nero celebrated two public weddings with men, once taking the role of the bride with a freedman Pythagorasand once the groom with Sporus ; there may have been a third in which he was the bride.
Other mature "Slave owners homosexual" at his court had husbands, or said they had husbands in imitation of the emperor. The earliest reference in Latin literature to a marriage between males occurs in the Philippics of Cicerowho insulted Mark Antony for being a slut in his youth until Curio "established you in a fixed and stable marriage matrimoniumas if he had given you a stola ", the traditional garment of a married woman.
Roman law addressed the rape of a male citizen as early as the 2nd century BC,  when it was ruled that even a man who was "disreputable and questionable" famosus, related to infamisand suspiciosus had the same right as other free men not to have his body subjected to forced sex. The slave's owner, however, could prosecute the rapist for property damage. Fears of mass rape following a military defeat extended equally to male and female potential victims.
The threat of one man to subject another to anal or oral rape irrumatio is a theme of invective poetry, most notably in Catullus's notorious Carmen 16 and was a form of "Slave owners homosexual" braggadocio.
In a collection of twelve anecdotes dealing with assaults on chastity, the historian Valerius Maximus features male victims in equal Slave owners homosexual to female.
The Roman soldier, like any free and respectable Roman male of status, was expected to show self-discipline in matters of sex. Sex among fellow soldiers, however, violated the Roman decorum against intercourse with another freeborn male. Sep 11, Perhaps one of slave owners' more innovatively cruel strategies concerned
Slave owners homosexual ways they sought to completely emasculate enslaved boys and. Homosexuality in ancient Rome often differs markedly from the contemporary West.
Latin lacks .
The slave's owner, however, could prosecute the rapist for property damage. Fears of mass rape following a military defeat extended equally to. More than any other institution, slavery placed its stamp Slave owners homosexual male homosexual relations in ancient Rome. While the pervasive Hellenization of Roman society in .