A catamite, in modern context, is a pubescent boy who is the receiving partner during anal sex with an older man. This term is based on the ancient practice in early Greece and Rome in which some young men kept catamites, young boys with whom they are sexually intimate.. “Catamitus” is the Latin term of Ganymede, who, according to Greek mythology, was the beautiful Trojan prince who was abducted by Zeus and was brought to Mount Olympus to be his cupbearer and companion.

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