By Michael Hone
The undisputed stars are the Greeks, the world’s most appropriate warriors, the hallowed essence of what it potential to be gay, as represented by means of the captured soldier whose merely want used to be to be speared within the chest and never the again, in order that his lover, while he stumbled on his physique, wouldn't blush with shame--symbolically represented via the book’s disguise. No crew of fellows has ever passed the three hundred of Thebes, the Sacred Band, the place it was once declared illegal to country that love among males used to be now not beautiful.
After Greece got here the darkish a while, homosexually talking, within which Caesar used to be ribbed by means of his males for his love of Nicodemes, Florentines have been fined for same-sex adventures, nonetheless others burned less than Henry VIII, tolerated less than the Stuarts, hanged within the instances of Byron, imprisoned in these of Oscar Wilde, or even this present day a footballer will be mad (or insanely brave) to confess his choice for his locker-room friends.
The lives coated during this volume--some approximately e-book length--include Cellini who, throughout the Siege of Rome, killed the attackers’ normal and 30 of his males with one cannon shot, Caravaggio, a warrior who killed in duels and in again alleys, in addition to Orestes and Pylades, Harmodius and Aristogeiton, Xenophon, Agesilaus and Lysander, Epaminondas and Pelopidas, Alexander and Hephaestion, Aeneas and Pallas, Caesar, Augustus, Hadrian and Antinous, the Templars, Richard the Lionhearted, the Borgia, Julius II, Ivan the negative, Henry III, Louis XIII, James I/VI, Caribbean pirates, the Kelly Gang, Roger Casement, Lawrence of Arabia, Willem Arondeus, the explorers Burton, Stanley and Speke, and plenty of others.
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