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Boswell’s ἄρρενας ἀρρενοκοῖται (Anthologia Palatina 9.686)

George M. Hollenback
From the journal Byzantinische Zeitschrift


John Boswell has attempted to make a case based on AP 9.686 that the ἀρρενο- in ἀρρενοκοῖται describes the subject of the word: ἀρρενοκοῖται are males (ἀρρενο‐) who bed with (κοῖτ‐) others, be they male or female. This note debunks Boswell’s claim, demonstrating that ἀρρενο- is the object of the word, ἀρρενοκοῖται being males (the word being taken as masculine plural) who bed with other males (ἀρρενο‐).

Published Online: 2017-10-28
Published in Print: 2017-10-26

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