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Books or book chapters predominantly about Greek love that are neither fiction nor poetry nor historical (though some have historical information). Arranged in alphabetical order of the authors' surnames.

The grounds for treating a book as non-historical are that its focus is largely on Greek love as an eternal phenomenon rather than on the practice of Greek love at particular times in the past, but this distinction becomes hard to draw when the book itself belongs enough to the past that it is uncertain whether it is more useful for illuminating the phenomenon or its past.  Hence, some books in the historical section are also of non-historical interest. For example, any study of Greek love that is limited to behaviour in a limited time frame, even quite a recent one, will be found there.


Bentham, Jeremy, Offences Against Oneself: Paederasty, written ca. 1785, but only finally published in the Journal of Homosexuality, (III 4 pp. 389-406 & IV 1 pp. 91-107, both 1978, edited by Louis Crompton).  Read on this website.

Brongersma, Edward, writing as Dr. O. Brunoz, Pedofilie, Amsterdam, 1960.  In Dutch.  Despite the title, a study of boy-love only, anecdotal in tone.

Brongersma, Edward,  Loving Boys,  2 vols., New York, 1986. A well-organised and readable study of boy-love by a Dutch senator who was the most prominent man of his time to be openly boysexual. Based on a lifetime of research and correspondence, and encyclopaedic in its coverage of every aspect of the subject, but historically unreliable.

Burton, Sir Richard, "Pederasty", being Section D of the Terminal Essay to his The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night (1886).  Read on this website.

Duvert, Tony, L'Enfant au masculin, Paris, 1980. In French only.

Eglinton, J.Z., Greek Love, USA edition, 1964; British edition, London, 1971. Review.   A scholarly and ground-breaking study of pederasty, mostly devoted to addressing the social concerns about it most in vogue in the 1960s, but including some history and a useful anthology of literature.

Fraser, Dr. Morris, The Death of Narcissus, London, 1976.

Geraci, Joseph, Dares to Speak, Swaffham, 1997.  A selection of articles from the periodical Paidika described below.

Gide, André, Corydon, 1924, translated from the French by Hugh Gibb, 1950.

Hubbard, Thomas K. (editor), Greek Love Reconsidered, Wallace Hamilton Press, 2000. Various essays.

Kincaid, James R., Child-Loving,  London, 1992.

Matzneff, Gabriel, Les moins de seize ans, Paris, 1974. In French only. About the love for boys and girls aged 10 to 16.

Ogrinc, Will H. L., Boyhood and Adolescence, Ephebophilia, Hebephilia, and Paedophilia: A Selective Bibliography, Quintes-feuilles, 2017.  A thorough bibliography of the named topics, with references in twenty-five languages ranging from the 16th century to the present.

"Plato Πλάτων" (nickname), Aristocles Ἀριστοκλῆς, Symposium Συμπόσιον, written ca. 370 BC. Read the Greek love content in an amendment of the translation from the Greek by Benjamin Jowett in The Dialogues of Plato, vol. 1, 3rd edition, Oxford University Press, 1892. An account of a symposium attended in 416 BC by some famous Athenians; the speeches of seven are recounted, six being about Eros and heavily tilted towards eros for boys.

"Plato Πλάτων" (nickname), Aristocles Ἀριστοκλῆς, Phaidrus Φαῖδρος, written ca. 370 BC. Read the Greek love content  in the translation from the Greek by Alexander Nehamas and Paul Woodruff in Plato: Complete Works, edited by John M. Cooper, Indianapolis, 1997. A dialogue between Plato's teacher Sokrates and the Athenian aristocrat Phaidon about eros (simply assumed to be between a boy and a man), in which comparisons are drawn between the benefits to a boy of mentorship not inspired by eros, of chaste eros and of consummated eros.

Rind, Bruce and Richard Yuill, "Hebephilia as Mental Disorder? A Historical, Cross-Cultural, Sociological, Cross-Species, Non-Clinical Empirical and Evolutionary Review" in Archives of Sexual Behavior, 41 (4), 2012, pp. 797-829. PDF. Rivalled only by the same author's "Pederasty" as the best scientific study of Greek love, this summarises the evidence of its prevalence among primates as well as in human history, and sheds light on its evolutionary function. Though attraction to pubescent girls is given equal attention, it and pederasty are presented as independent phenomena, enabling an understanding of them that has eluded most 21st-century thinking.

Rind, Bruce, "Pederasty: An Integration of Empirical, Historical, Sociological, Cross-Cultural, Cross-Species and Evolutionary Evidence and Perspectives" in Censoring Sex Research; The Debate over Male Intergenerational Relations edited by Thomas K. Hubbard & Beert Verstraete, 2013. PDF.

Rossman, Parker,  Sexual Experience between Men and Boys,  original edition USA, 1976; British edition: London, 1979.  Second of the only three book-length general studies of Greek love in English, each of which has unique value, Rossman's occupies a middle position as less theoretical than Eglinton's, while being much less encyclopaedic than Brongersma's; more arbitrary than either in the topics it covers, it is nonetheless better for readable insight.

Sandfort, Theo, Edward Brongersma & Alex van Naerssen (editors), Male Intergenerational Intimacy: Historical, Socio-Psychological, and Legal Perspectives, Routledge, New York & London, 1991.

Tsang, Daniel (editor), The Age Taboo: Gay Male Sexuality, Power and Consent, Boston, 1981.

Warren, Edward Perry, writing as Arthur Lyon Raile, A Defence of Uranian Love, privately printed 1928-30. A passionate and eloquent polemic in favour of Greek love, which unintentionally draws attention to what was already the hopelessness of its cause by extolling the beauty and value of its masculinist ethos.



PERIODICALS mostly or entirely devoted to Greek love


Boy Love News, edited by Johann Werres & Heinz Liehr, Kronberg, Germany, 1973-76+. English and German versions.

The Chameleon: a Bazaar of Dangerous and Smiling Chances, one issue, London, 1894.  ArticleEdited by Oxford undergraduate John Francis Bloxam, a contribution by Oscar Wilde led to it becoming notorious during his trial.

Contact, at least one issue, London, 1981.

Destroyer: Journal of Apollonian Beauty and Dionysian Homosexuality, 10 issues,  Prague & Berlin, 2006-10.

Der Eigene, Berlin, 1896-1932.  Scholarly writings about homosexuality mostly aimed at a revival of Greek pederasty as a cultural model for it.

International Journal of Greek Love, 2 issues, Oliver Layton Press, New York, 1965-6.  Edited by J. Z. Eglinton and devoted mostly to the history of Greek love, no publication has ever been closer to the spirit of this website.  Scholarly and well-written.

Koinos, 73 issues, English and German, Amikejo Foundation, Amsterdam, 1993-2012.  

The Lover: journal of sexual politics, 4 issues, Berlin, 2015-17.

Magpie, at least 15 issues, London, 1977-81+.

Nambla Bulletin, 25 volumes,  New York, 1980-2005.

Nambla Journal, at least 7 issues, New York, 1980-86+.   

Paidika: The Journal of Paedophilia, 12 issues, Stichting Paidika Foundation, Amsterdam, 1987-95.  A scholarly, literary and activist journal with an impressive editorial board of quite distinguished academics.  Despite the secondary title, the subject matter was much closer to the primary one (the Greek for a loved, typically adolescent, boy), there being relatively little material on either true paedophilia or "girl-love".  Many articles are of great historical interest, whilst others suffer from modern academic jargon.

Pan: a magazine about boy-love, 21 issues, Spartacus, Amsterdam, 1979-85.  Edited by Frank Torey and John D. Stamford. News, articles, reviews and very short stories, most interesting as a contemporary history of Greek love during six critical years in which high hopes for its acceptance were finally dashed.

P.I.E. Bulletin, London, Jan. 1981 

The Spirit Lamp: An Oxford Magazine without news, 4 issues, Oxford, 1892-3. Edited by Sandys Wason and Lord Alfred Douglas, and mostly poetry, the last issue had only a little, covert Greek love content.

Thamyris,  at least one issue, Ariel's Pages, New York, 2002-.