How were same-sex relationships during Ancient Times?
Homosexuality is not a particularly modern phenomenon. Even before the Middle Ages, same-sex affairs were happening at different levels.
It is difficult to say exactly how same-sex relationships were perceived and experienced during Ancient Times, as our understanding of this history is limited by the sources that have survived from this period. It is important to note that attitudes towards same-sex relationships varied significantly across different societies and time periods, and it is not accurate to make generalizations about the experiences of all same-sex individuals in Ancient Times.
In some ancient societies, same-sex relationships were considered to be a normal and accepted part of life. For example, in certain Greek city-states, such as Athens, same-sex relationships between men were relatively common. These relationships were often considered to be a mentorship or educational bond, and were not necessarily seen as being romantic or sexual in nature. In these societies, there were specific terms to describe the roles each person played in these relationships, such as “erastes” (lover) and “eromenos” (beloved).
However, in other ancient societies, same-sex relationships were not always accepted or understood in the same way. For example, in the Roman Empire, same-sex relationships were often looked down upon and were considered to be a sign of moral decadence. In some cases, same-sex relationships were even punishable by law. It is important to note, however, that attitudes towards same-sex relationships in the Roman Empire varied over time and varied depending on social class, with same-sex relationships being more accepted among the upper classes.
Overall, it is clear that the experience of same-sex individuals in Ancient Times was complex and varied depending on the specific society in which they lived. While some societies were more accepting of same-sex relationships, others were less accepting, and the experience of individuals in these societies would have differed accordingly.
Homosexuality is not only a reality during Ancient Times, for men and women. It’s also happening in another part of our world: among animals.