Why were the ancient Greeks tolerant towards homosexuality?
I think your question should be the other way around. Why would an intelligent nation be against homosexuality? The old Greeks understood that there is no threat in gay sexuality. It will never get to the point that, if you accept homosexuality, everyone will only have homosexual contacts. Men and women will allways be attracted to each other and make children, so it doesn’t form any threat against the survival of a nation. They where a wise nation indeed, and in that wisdom they saw only benefits from that sexual freedom. When you had soldiers (that was also a big part in the Roman army and not just the Greek), those soldiers got very frustrated if they could not have sexual contacts. They had to be away from their wifes for years sometimes. That frustration is solved if they could have sexual freedom and can have homosexual contact. I think they also saw the big part of pleasure. Look at greek gods and half-gods, they where all sexual beeings and had bisexual contacts. They saw nothi