Homosexuality & Civilization

An archive of poetry, pictures, history, and quotes dedicated to queer individuals before the year 1900.

The title is an homage to a book by Louis Crompton, but the blog will contain content expressing all forms of sexuality and gender identity.

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His dangling tresses that were never shorn
Had they been cut, and unto Colchos born
Would have allured the ‘ventrous youth of Greece
To hazard more than for the Golden Fleece
His body was as straight as Circe’s wind;
Jove might have sipped nectar from his hand.
So was his neck in touching, and surpass’d
The white of Pelops’ shoulder. I could tell ye
How smooth his breast was, and how white his belly,
And whose immortal fingers did imprint
That heavenly path with many a curious dint
That runs along his back…

Hero & Leander, Christopher Marlowe (c.1598).

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