In the AeneidVergil draws on the Greek tradition of pederasty in a military setting by portraying the love between Nisus and Euryalus whose military valor marks them as solidly Roman men viri. Homosexuality in ancient Rome often differs markedly from the contemporary West. The wearing of the toga may signal that prostitutes were outside the normal social and legal category of "woman". Halperin, "The First Homosexuality? It was an affectionate word  traditionally used for a boy puer  who was loved by someone "in an obscene sense".
Apuleius indicates that cinaedi might form social alliances for mutual enjoyment, such as hosting dinner parties.
Homosexuality in ancient Rome
A Companion to the Roman Empire. The threat of one man to subject another to anal or oral rape irrumatio is a theme of invective poetry, most notably in Catullus's notorious Carmen 16 and was a form of masculine braggadocio. A Commentary Brill,p. In warfare, rape symbolized defeat, a motive for the soldier not to make his body sexually vulnerable in general. See section above on male rape: Williams has noted, "the prime directive of masculine sexual behavior for Romans". An attachment to a male outside the family, seen as a positive influence among the Greeks, within Roman society threatened the authority of the paterfamilias.