Pride and prejudice: same-sex relations through history

What is 'normal' sexuality? Brian Lewis explores diverse examples of same-sex relations throughout history and from across the globe that challenge modern conceptions of sexual identity and behaviour

An Athenian red-figure kylix (cup) dating from around 510–500 BC depicts a young pentathlete pulling his older lover towards him for a kiss. In many of the city-states of ancient Greece, sex between a man and a youth was an accepted – even idealised – form of love, its virtues extolled in works by writers including Plato. (Photo by Fine Art Images/Heritage Images/Getty Images)

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