Yes, no doubt. The problem that we have in the 21st century is what exactly is meant by lovers. In todays society the term lover has connotations of a sexual nature . . . more physical and less cerebral. I’m not quite sure that is what the ancients thought about as “love”. Not being present 2,700-plus years ago I can just speculate, however, after reading Plato’s Symposium, I got the feeling that physical (i.e. sexual) love was more basal and that the cerebral love was the “feeling” they were looking for. An older male was meant to be a mentor to a younger man, just as a father, today, is considered a mentor to his son. Likewise a father “loves” his son . . . obviously not sexually, but in a more cerebral context.
I’m thinking that this is the love between Patroclus and Achilles . . . although I’m not sure that the analogy exactly fits as Petroclus is older than Achilles but you get my point.