Abstract Lin (40/2016)

As a literary genre prevailing in the fourth century BC in classical Greece, the so-called Sokratikoi Logoi are endowed with fictional characteristics. This paper concentrates on a common literary motive with respect to pederasty in the Sokratikoi Logoi, namely, shame and beauty of boys. Drawing examples from Xenophon, Plato, and Aeschines, I try to illustrate how this motive is used in the writings of the Socratics, what kind of social context lies behind it, and how it is related to philosophical themes.