Transgressions of the customs pertaining to the proper expression of homosexuality within the bounds of pederaistia could be used to damage the reputation of a public figure.
In his speech Against Timarchus in 346 BC, the Athenian politician Aeschines argues against further allowing Timarchus, an experienced middle-aged politician, certain political rights as Attic law prohibited anyone who had prostituted himself from exercising those rights Aeschines won his case, and Timarchus was sentenced to atimia (disenfranchisement and civic disempowerment).
The youth received gifts, and the philetor along with the friends went away with him for two months into the countryside, where they hunted and feasted.
At the end of this time, the philetor presented the youth with three contractually required gifts: military attire, an ox, and a drinking cup. Upon their return to the city, the youth sacrificed the ox to Zeus, and his friends joined him at the feast.
but subsequent scholars have tried to present a more varied picture of the behaviors and values associated with paiderastia.
Although ancient Greek writers use erastês and erômenos in a pederastic context, the words are not technical terms for social roles, and can refer to the "lover" and "beloved" in other hetero- and homosexual couples.
By contrast, as expressed in Pausanias' speech in Plato's Symposium, pederastic love was said to be favorable to democracy and feared by tyrants, because the bond between the erastes and eromenos was stronger than that of obedience to a despotic ruler.
Athenaeus states that "Hieronymus the Aristotelian says that love with boys was fashionable because several tyrannies had been overturned by young men in their prime, joined together as comrades in mutual sympathy." He gives as examples of such pederastic couples the Athenians Harmodius and Aristogeiton, who were credited (perhaps symbolically) with the overthrow of the tyrant Hippias and the establishment of the democracy, and also Chariton and Melanippus.The word erômenos, or "beloved" (ἐρώμενος, plural eromenoi), is the masculine form of the present passive participle from erô, viewed by Dover as the passive or subordinate partner. Most evidence indicates that to be an eligible erômenos, a youth would be of an age when an aristocrat began his formal military training, In poetry and philosophical literature, the erômenos is often an embodiment of idealized youth; a related ideal depiction of youth in Archaic culture was the kouros, the long-haired male statuary nude.a beautiful creature without pressing needs of his own.Aeschines acknowledges his own dalliances with beautiful boys, the erotic poems he dedicated to these youths, and the scrapes he has gotten into as a result of his affairs, but emphasizes that none of these were mediated by money.A financial motive thus was viewed as threatening a man's status as free.He is aware of his attractiveness, but self-absorbed in his relationship with those who desire him.