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Thyrsis and Corydon
(myth) Italy

Thyrsis and Corydon

Sicilian shepherds


Their friendship, that was sung by the Roman poet Virgil, was seen as an example of gay love in the past centuries. In the second eclogue, the shepherd Corydon bewails his unrequited love for the boy Alexis. In the seventh, Corydon and Thyrsis, two Arcadian herdsmen, engage in a singing match. The name Corydon was also used by French writer André Gide as the title of a Socratic dialogue that he wrote in defense of homosexuality.


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