A review of Adonis Georgiades’ book
Georgiades manages, in just over 200 easy-to-read and well-documented pages, to cite a multitude of ancient sources which shed the light of truth upon the question of just how homosexuals and homosexuality were regarded in the Hellas of the 9th to the 4th century B.C. His thesis is simple: “Of course homosexuality existed in Greece, just as it has existed, and will continue to exist, everywhere and at all times in human history. However, while it did exist, it was never legally sanctioned, thought to be a cultural norm, or engaged in without risk of serious punishment, including exile and death.”
A pitiful creature like Barney Frank, for instance, would have—upon his particular “proclivity” being discovered—been executed or sent into exile. After which his living quarters would have been fumigated and ritually purified by a priest.
Read it all: here.
2 replies on “No gays in Ancient Greece!”
Shouldn’t you have marked Barney Frank with a star?
By the way, a brilliant method to learn the ancestry of a person on Wikipedia is to scroll all the way down and check the categories.
Good tip. Thanks.