In the history of Europe, its most structured cultural manifestation was Athenian pederasty, and became most prominent in the 6th century BC.Greek pederasty's various forms were the subject of philosophic debates in which the purely carnal type was unfavorably compared with erotic friendships and moderate forms, known as Sophrosyne.Historically, pederasty has existed as a variety of customs and practices within different cultures.The status of pederasty has changed over the course of history, at times considered an ideal and at other times a crime."We shrink, for very shame, from treating of the subject of boys....Commit not that which is forbidden you in Our Holy Tablet, and be not of those who rove distractedly in the wilderness of their desires." Within the blanket condemnation of sodomy, pederasty was a particular target.
Within the Baha'i faith, pederasty is the only mention of any type of homosexuality by Bahá'u'lláh.
When the Birmingham Mail contacted Athens restaurant an employee, who refused to give his name, admitted being involved in the row and said: 'We know about the complaint and have made our own complaint to police concerning inappropriate advances that were made to a waiter. 'We have served homosexual couples in the past without a problem and had a gay couple here on Saturday night.
We have been in business here for 24 years and have never had anything like this before. A spokeswoman for West Midlands Police said: 'We can confirm that we are investigating reports of a hate crime at the Athens restaurant on October 31.
The law code of the Visigothic king Chindasuinth called for both partners to be "emasculated without delay, and be delivered up to the bishop of the diocese where the deed was committed to be placed in solitary confinement in a prison." These punishments were often linked to the penance given after the Sacrament of Confession.
At Rome, the punishment was burning at the stake since the time of Theodosius I (390).
Meanwhile, a spokesman for the restaurant told the Birmingham Mail he did lose his temper and called the couple 'queers', but claimed he was provoked after they made 'inappropriate advances' to his waiter - which they deny.