Homosexuality in ancient Rome

Homosexuality In Ancient Rome

Homosexuality in ancient Rome

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Homosexuality in ancient Rome features dispassionately in many literary works, poems, graffiti and in comments, for example, on the sexual predilections of single emperors: Edward Gibbon famously observed that "of the first fifteen emperors Claudius was the only one whose taste in love was entirely correct". Gibbon, The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, book 1,<!--page varies with edition--> in connection with Hadrian's love for Antinous, noted in James Boswell, Christianity, Social Tolerance and Homosexuality (University of Chicago) 1980:61; Boswell questions Gibbon's source for including the fifteenth in the list, who would be Antoninus Pius. Surviving graphic representations are, on the other hand, rarer in ancient Rome than in classical Greece. Attitudes toward homosexuality changed over time ranging from the matter-of-fact acceptance of Republican Rome and the pagan Empire to rising condemnation, exemplified by the Athenian Sextus Empiricus, who asserted that άρρενομιζία was outlawed in Rome, Athens Sextus Empiricus, Outlines of Pyrrhonism I.152 and III., noted by Boswell 1980:67, who observes that homosexuality was not, in fact, outlawed at Athens/ and Cyprian. <!--Homosexuality was purported to be one of the cultural facts of certain provinces.: which provinces, and according to whom?-->

The term homosexuality is anachronistic for the ancient world, since there is no single word in......
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