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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). Note that books are thus excluded that address Greek love as if it were a barely distinguishable component of a general attraction to "children" or a merely specialised form of it. 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, so 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, far past or recent, 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. An essay the author never dared publish showing that the social antipathy to and severe punishment of pederasty in England were irrational.

Brongersma, Edward, Das verfemte Geschlecht: Dokumentation über Knabenliebe (The Damned Sex. Documentation on Boy-love), Munich: Lichtenberg, 1970. A vastly-expanded German version of his Dutch book Pedofilie written under the pen name of O. Brunoz, qv..

Brongersma, Edward,  Loving Boys,  2 vols., Elmhurst, New York: Global Academic Publishers, 1986-90. 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. A vastly-expanded version of his German book, Das verfemte Geschlecht, qv.

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

Burton, Sir Richard, "Pederasty", being Section D of the Terminal Essay to his The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night, Volume X, Benares [Stoke Newington, Middlesex]: Kama Shastra Society, 1886.  Read on this website. An extremely erudite survey of pederasty in all times and places, and the first openly published study of pederasty in English.

Duvert, Tony, L'Enfant au masculin (The Male Child), Paris: Éditions de Minuit, 1980. An analysis and critique of how dominant heterosexual culture has wrongly outlawed pederasty and some homosexuals have misguidedly connived with this.

Eglinton, J. Z. [Walter Henry Breen], Greek Love, American edition, New York: Oliver Layton, 1964; British edition, London: Spearman, 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.

Gazali [Mehmed "Deli Birader"], Dâfi‘ü ’l-gumûm râfi‘ü ’l-humûm (The Expeller of Sorrows and Remover of Worries), written 1488/1511. Translated from the Turkish by Selim S. Kuru in Scholar and Author in the Sixteenth-century Ottoman Empire: Deli Birader and his work Dâfi‘ü ’l gumûm râfi‘ü ’l-humûm, dissertation, Harvard University, May 2000). A humourous treatise on different forms of sex in seven sections, of which two concern pederasty: the second on the war between the pederasts and the fornicators, and the third on how to enjoy the company of boys.

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

Gide, André, Corydon, Paris: La Nouvelle Revue française, 1924, translated from the French by Hugh Gibb, New York: Farrar, Straus & Company, 1950. Four Socratic dialogues using evidence from naturalists, historians, poets and philosophers to show that Greek love is more natural than exclusive heterosexuality.

Hössli, Heinrich, Eros: Die Männerliebe der Griechen; ihre Beziehungen zur Geschichte, Erziehung, Literatur, and Gesetzgebung aller Zeiten (Eros: the Male Love of the Greeks; Its Relation to the History, Education, Literature and Legislation of All Ages), 2 vols.: vol. I privately printed, Glarus, 1836; vol. II, St. Gallen: Scheitlin, 1838. A survey of references to pederasty in ancient Greek and more recent literature, showing its treatment in the author’s day as unnatural to be irrational.

[Hutchinson, Charles Edward], Boy-Worship, Oxford, 1880. PDF. Notes. A privately-published pamphlet containing an Oxford undergraduate's musings on the powerful attraction of boys for men, both historically and in his day.

Inagaki Taruho 稲垣 足穂, Shōnen'ai no Bigaku 少年愛の美学 (The Aesthetics of the Love of Boys), Tokyo: Tokuma Shoten, 1968. Winner of the first annual Japan Literature Grand Prize, an essay describing the historical, psychological, and metaphysical ramifications of the love of beautiful boys in an eclectic blend of ideas culled from history, Freudianism, pop psychology, and existentialism.

Matzneff, Gabriel, Les moins de seize ans, Paris: Julliard, 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.

Ollendorff, Robert, The Juvenile Homosexual Experience, New York: Julian Press, 1966. A psychiatrist's ultimately inconclusive study, based on American clinical cases, of the question of whether the homosexual experiences of boys with older boys or men, has an effect on their adult sexuality, which is assumed to be a problem if homosexual.

"Plato Πλάτων" (nickname), Aristokles 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), Aristokles 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: Hackett, 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.

Raile, Arthur Lyon [Edward Perry Warren], 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.Riegel, David L., Understanding loved boys and boylovers, Philadelphia: SafeHaven Foundation Press, 2000. An explanation of the Greek love phenomenon for a non-academic readership, the second half which consists of seven true stories.

Riegel, David L., Could they All have been Wrong?, Philadelphia: SafeHaven Foundation Press, 2005. An anthology of previously-published writings by others, mostly academics in a wide variety of fields, showing Greek love in a positive light.

Riegel, David L., We were Not abused, Philadelphia: SafeHaven Foundation Press, 2007. A booklet explaining the healthy functionality of Greek love and addressing misconceptions of it, including the results of carefully-conducted internet surveys of boys and men's experiences of it.

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, Walnut Creek, California: Left Coast, 2013. PDF.

Rossman, Parker,  Sexual Experience between Men and Boys,  original edition Association Press, New York, 1976; British edition: London: Temple Smith, 1979. Link to all the chapters. 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.

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

Voltaire [François-Marie Arouet], "Amour Socratique" in his Dictionnaire philosophique, Geneva, 1764. Anonymously translated as "Socratic Love" in The Philosophical Dictionary by M. de Voltaire. A New and Correct Edition, with Notes, London: Wynne, Scholey & Wallis, 1802, pp. 237-42. Read this together with a revised version on this website.



PERIODICALS mostly or entirely devoted to Greek love


Better Life Monthly, Beverly Hills, California, 1974-76. Advertised as a "paper with articles, photos, poems, etc. relating to the subject of boylove."

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: Gay & Bird, 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: P.I.E., 1981.

Destroyer: Journal of Apollonian Beauty and Dionysian Homosexuality, 10 issues,  Prague & Berlin: Karl Andersson, 2006-10. Witty and beautifully illustrated magazine dedicated to the beauty of adolescent boys and the subject of its appreciation, with some scathing exposure of the hypocrisy of 21st-century society on the subject. Edited by Karl Andersson.

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

Gaie France Magazine, Paris, 1986-93. In French only. Illustrated monthly political and cultural magazine about male homosexuality with a markedly pederastic sensibility. Edited by Michel Caignet.

Hermes, North Chicago, by 1976-77+. Bi-monthly magazine with articles on boy-love, illustrated with boy nudes. Edited by John D. Norman.

International Journal of Greek Love, 2 issues, New York: Oliver Layton Press, 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, Amsterdam: Amikejo Foundation, 1993-2012.  

The Lover: journal of sexual politics, 6 issues, Berlin: Karl Andersson, 2015-17. Successor to Destroyer: Journal of Apollonian Beauty and Dionysian Homosexuality, qv., with the same editor and similar content.

Magpie, at least 15 issues, London: P.I.E., 1977-82+.

Nambla Bulletin, 25 volumes,  New York: NAMBLA, 1980-2005. The "voice of the North American Man Boy Love Association", dedicated to struggling for acceptance of sexually-expressed relationships between men and boys. Mostly news and polemical articles.

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

OK, Amsterdam: Vereniging Martijn, 1986-2006 (43 issues by July 1993). In Dutch. Essays, letters and interviews about child/adult sexual relationships, but most focussed on Greek love and exclusively illustrated with photographs of boys.

Paidika: The Journal of Paedophilia, 12 issues, Amsterdam: Stichting Paidika Foundation, 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, Amsterdam: Spartacus, 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, New York: Ariel's Pages, 2002-. 

Unbound, at least nine issues, San Francisco, 1986-89+. Greek love stories, both fictional and true, and a few articles on the treatment of children.

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