Back when I finished university a friend gave me a book called Homosexuality and Civilization. It’s a 600-page textbook-style tome that is very informative but hard to sit down and read in one go. I tried it once back then, but I can’t remember if I ever finished it. Then, once I started putting my ideas together for this blog, I started to read it again, but again made the mistake of trying to read it straight through. Needless to say, I didn’t make it very far.
But one of the things I want to do on this blog is talk about homosexual history—or homo history, as we’ll call it here (I think it has a better ring to it than the former). Of course I know the brief overview, but I really can’t tell you much about the specifics. I’m challenging myself to read up on this thread in history because it really is fascinating, and played a larger role in some regards than I think many of us imagine, especially when seen from a worldwide perspective.
Rather than read this one book straight through, I’m going to take the smarter route: I’ll read this book along side many others and through that get better insight into homo history. Just be forewarned that I don’t necessarily intend to do my research in a linear fashion. I think it’s more interesting to see where the books I read lead me. I also think it’s more fun for everyone involved if things don’t progress chronologically. Who says history needs to be linear, anyway?
Still, it seemed appropriate to start in ancient Greece, so here we go.