A man or boy who took the receptive role in sex was variously called cinaedus, pathicus, exoletus, concubinus (male concubine), spintria (analist), puer (boy), pullus (chick), pusio, delicatus (especially in the phrase puer delicatus, exquisite or dainty boy), mollis (soft, used more generally as an aesthetic quality counter to aggressive masculinity), tener (delicate), debilis (weak or disabled), effeminatus, discinctus (loose-belted), pisciculi, spinthriae, and morbosus (sick). this young male body is perhaps amongst the most sculpted from ancient roman times. This infamous greek gay youth, was the teenage boyfriend to a hadrian, roman emperor. Man on man sexual encounters was part of daily life in ancient rome and particularly in the roman army. While gay relationships werent necessarily exalted, they also werent taboo. 56 books based on 76 votes the gladiators master by fae sutherland, mark of the gladiator by heidi belleau, nova praetorian by n.