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From Ancient Greek ἐραστής (erastḗs, lover), from ἐράω (eráō, to love).

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erastes (plural erastai)

  1. (historical) An adult man in Ancient Greece who courted or was in a pederastic relationship with an adolescent boy, who was called an eromenos.
    • 2002, In regard to the boys (erōmenos) involved in ancient Greek pederasty, Dover (1978:52) asked: “What does the eromenos get out of submission to his erastēs?” — Stephen O Murray, Pacific Homosexualities (iUniverse 2002, p. 80)

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