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@Read Epub × Alcibiades The Schoolboy Ä ALCIBIADES THE SCHOOLBOY, By Antonio Rocco The First Time This Little Known Th Century Classic Has Appeared In English In Dialogue Form, It Is Virtually A Manual On How To Seduce Boys JZ Eglinton, In His Introduction, Maintains That Is Also A Deadly Parody Of The Machiavellian Doctrine Of Expediency The 1652 work by Rocco is an amazing justification for initiating a sexual relationship between a adolescent boy and an older man, his teacher It is told as a dialogue, in the Socratic sense, between the two The actual dialogue takes 30 of the books 68 pages, the rest an introduction by the translator Michael Hone which puts the work in historical context, both in 1652 and in ancient Greece Many will be offended by this work and its discussion and consider it a justification of child abuse especially those lacking historical context and who cannot come to terms with human nature, Remember Traduttore traditore7 of 10 stars, for the discussion than the dialogue. First published in 1651 and meant at one level as a lively carnival booklet, this is, both at heart and on the surface, a well reasoned polemic in favour of pederasty The eponymous Athenian boy is presumably intended to be the famous Athenian general well known for the amorous attentions he excited in his boyhood, but the book is a philosophical dialogue rather than a story about real people Alcibiades s schoolmaster Philotimes is dying to consummate his love for his pupil and has to overcome with reason the full array of early modern arguments against sodomy raised by the initially reluctant boy, until the latter is finally eager to accept him There was a profound contradiction over pederasty in early modern Italy On one hand, the authorities followed the church in denouncing and fiercely persecuting all sodomy On the other hand, recent research such as Rocke s statistical study of Florentine court records in his Forbidden Friendships has proven the reports of contemporary writers that most men were involved with boys, and reinforced their implication that attraction to both women and boys was taken for granted whether or not acted on Rocco was the most important of a tiny number of writers who dared counter the various arguments of God, law and nature which were supposed to justify this persecution Those of God and the law are shown to be irrational inventions and nature is shown to favour the love of men and boys and its consummation Rocco, or rather Philotimes, then proceeds to show how both these things are superior to the alternatives Lest it be supposed to be a sombre treatise, the fun should be explained too Mostly, I think it comes from the sheer joie de vivre underlying the dialogue There is plenty of satire ranging from the unphilosophical over excitement of the supposed philosopher to the outrageous excess of some of his arguments Also, the most serious arguments are so peppered with luscious descriptions of the boy s physical charms and frank sexual description as to be highly erotic In this it offers a valuable lesson to modern writers on sexual matters whose dour vocabulary tends to be at odds with the joy which should be at the heart of their subject.Considering all the old arguments against homosexuality have largely been abandoned in modern Europe, it is ironic that the only beneficiaries have been men loving men, described by Philotimes as mere beasts for their goatish tastes Rocco s own book remains nearly as forbidden as ever, this the only English translation published having become virtually unobtainable within a few years and the form of love it upholds newly persecuted with an intensity the mediaeval inquisition could only have dreamed of managing Today a new Rocco is badly needed, for despite doing his best to answer all, Philotimes was unable to anticipate a day when the adolescent consent to sex he fought so hard and well to obtain would be held in contempt Nor could he foresee the perversity of an age which would see the sexual abuse of boys, which he fiercely denounced himself, as a justification for terrorising men and boys genuinely in love.An excellent Afterword shedding light on the book by D H Mader overstates an important point he claims it is early evidence of the modern homosexual identity explained by Foucault as having emerged in the late 19th century Dialogues devoted to explaining why loving boys is better than loving women go back to antiquity, and are surely far removed from claiming an identity based on an immutable orientation Philotimes explains his preference for boys as based on reason and experience his arguments would have had to be quite different if he thought he had no choice about it.Edmund Marlowe, author of Alexander s Choice, a modern story of pederastic love, www dp 1481222112. Front matter is interesting and seems well researched, though I d need to familiarize myself with of the source material to be sure Source information in the back of the book is also helpful The story itself is of course a little silly, possibly a practice in rhetorical logic games than any real history and or instruction But who can say for sure The translation is fair, but there are quite a few typos, misspelled words, and proofing issues too many for such a short work, I d say, but this is a self published version, so it is what it is In terms of LGBT Literary Studies History, however, this is a fascinating and important tale and, until I learn to read Italian or can afford an expensive English translationthis will do.