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Thursday, April 05, 2012

Definitions for ephebe

  1. A young man.

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Citations for ephebe
His glance touched their faces lightly as he smiled, a blond ephebe. James Joyce, Ulysses
The three Florentine Davids, those of Donatello, Verrocchio, and Michelangelo, represent the changes in the ideal of male beauty and the model of an ephebe. They are ever smaller, more strained, girlish. Jan Kott, Shakespeare Our Contemporary
Origin of ephebe
1690-1700
Ephebe stems from the Greek word for a young man just entering manhood and commencing training for full Athenian citizenship. It comes from the roots ep- meaning "near" and hḗbē meaning "manhood."
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