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Greek mythology features male same-sex love in many of the constituent myths. These myths have been described as being crucially influential on Western LGBT literature, with the original myths being constantly re-published and re-written, and the relationships and characters serving as icons. In comparison, lesbianism is rarely found in classical myths.

  • Achilles and Patroclus
  • Achilles and Troilus
  • Agamemnon and Argynnus
  • Agathaidas and Phalanthus
  • Ameinias and Narcissus
  • Apollo and Hyacinth
  • Apollo and Hymenaios
  • Chrysippus and Laius
  • Daphnis and Pan
  • Dionysus and Ampelus
  • Dionysus and Prosymnus
  • Euryalus and Nisus
  • Heracles and Abderus
  • Heracles and Hylas
  • Heracles and Iolaus
  • Hermes and Krokus
  • Ianthe and Iphis
  • Poseidon and Pelops
  • Polyeidos and Glaucus
  • Orpheus and the Thracians
  • Orpheus and Kalais
  • Apollo/Silvanus and Cyparissus
  • Zeus (Artemis) and Callisto
  • Zeus and Ganymede

The patron god of hermaphrodites and transvestites is Dionysus, a god gestated in the thigh of his father Zeus, after his mother died from being overwhelmed by Zeus's true form. Other gods are sometimes considered patrons of homosexual love between males, such as the love goddess Aphrodite and gods in her retinue, such as the Erotes: Eros, Himeros and Pothos. Eros is also part of a trinity of gods that played roles in homoerotic relationships, along with Heracles and Hermes, who bestowed qualities of Beauty (and Loyalty), strength, and eloquence, respectively, onto male lovers. In the poetry of Sappho, Aphrodite is identified as the patron of lesbians. Aphroditus was an androgynous Aphrodite from Cyprus, in later mythology became known as Hermaphroditus the son of Hermes and Aphrodite.

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