A while ago I had a discussion with some friends about homosexuality and morality. Eventually I made the comment “Well it doesn’t directly affect you. If you didn’t know it was happening, what negate effect would it have on your life?” To this it was responded (and I’m sorry I don’t remember exactly what was said) that homosexuality degrades the values of society and has been part of the downfall/collapse of empires and nations. I didn’t quite know what to say about that, but I knew I could easily look into this fairly empirical historical claim.
I decided to do a case study on the Greek/Hellenistic empire, the Roman Empire, Japan, and Global Trends in the past 100-200 years.
The following is a brief outline of some things I found and my own little comments. My sources are mostly wikipedia and a variety of other sites. If you challenge any of the data, please comment below.
Hellenistic, Macedonian, Greek Civilization
Homosexuality in ancient Greece and during the Hellenistic Renaissance:
’385 BCE Plato’s Symposium is published. Plato argues that love between males is the highest form of love and that sex with women is lustful and only for means of reproduction. Only with men, can the Greek male reach their full intellectual potential.’
’338 BCE The Sacred Band of Thebes, an undefeated elite battalion made up of one hundred and fifty gay couples, is destroyed by the forces of Philip II of Macedon who bemoans their loss and praises their honor.’
’326 BCE Gay/bisexual military leader Alexander the Great completes conquest of most of the then known Western world, converting millions of people to the gay-friendly Hellenistic culture and launching the Hellenistic Age.’
End of the Hellenistic Age and Greek/Macedonian Empire:
‘Ends with the annexation of the Greek peninsula and islands by Rome in 146 BC with the sacking of Corinth by the Roman Lucius Mummius in 146 BC.’
Note on Greek/Hellenistic Empire: Plato is the teacher of Aristotle who was Alexander the Great’s, one of the most world famous homosexuals of history, tutor. Alex the Great then went on to conquer the known world and set up the precursor to the Roman Empire, see next section. The end of the Hellenistic Empire lasted for centuries afterword.
Homosexuals, bisexual’s and those who supported such had majored roles in founding and creating Hellenistic civilization.
Homosexuality in Roman Empire:
“146 BCE – Although the establishment of Roman rule did not break the continuity of Hellenistic society and culture, which remained essentially unchanged until the advent of Christianity, it did mark the end of Greek political independence.”
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