Homosexuality & Civilization



Homosexuality & Civilization How have major civilizations of the last two millennia treated people who were attracted to their own sex In a narrative tour de force, Louis Crompton chronicles the lives and achievements of homosexual men and women alongside a darker history of persecution, as he compares the Christian West with the cultures of ancient Greece and Rome, Arab Spain, imperial China, and pre Meiji Japan.Ancient Greek culture celebrated same sex love in history, literature, and art, making high claims for its moral influence By contrast, Jewish religious leaders in the sixth century B.C.E branded male homosexuality as a capital offense and, later, blamed it for the destruction of the biblical city of Sodom When these two traditions collided in Christian Rome during the late empire, the tragic repercussions were felt throughout Europe and the New World.Louis Crompton traces Church inspired mutilation, torture, and burning of sodomites in sixth century Byzantium, medieval France, Renaissance Italy, and in Spain under the Inquisition But Protestant authorities were equally committed to the execution of homosexuals in the Netherlands, Calvin s Geneva, and Georgian England The root cause was religious superstition, abetted by political ambition and sheer greed Yet from this cauldron of fears and desires, homoerotic themes surfaced in the art of the Renaissance masters Donatello, Leonardo, Michelangelo, Sodoma, Cellini, and Caravaggio often intertwined with Christian motifs Homosexuality also flourished in the court intrigues of Henry III of France, Queen Christina of Sweden, James I and William III of England, Queen Anne, and Frederick the Great.Anti homosexual atrocities committed in the West contrast starkly with the tolerant traditions of pre modern China and Japan, as revealed in poetry, fiction, and art and in the lives of emperors, shoguns, Buddhist priests, scholars, and actors In the samurai tradition of Japan, Crompton makes clear, the celebration of same sex love rivaled that of ancient Greece.Sweeping in scope, elegantly crafted, and lavishly illustrated, Homosexuality and Civilization is a stunning exploration of a rich and terrible past. Download Homosexuality & Civilization By Louis Crompton – bluevapours.co.uk

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  • Paperback
  • 623 pages
  • Homosexuality & Civilization
  • Louis Crompton
  • English
  • 09 January 2017
  • 0674022335

10 thoughts on “Homosexuality & Civilization

  1. Julie Bozza says:

    Finished at last I am very pleased to have read this book, but I can t deny some of it was tough going and you will understand why when I say that the narrative ends with the last execution for homosexuality in Europe Once we were past the Inquisition, though, things started slowly getting brighter, and it s terrific to read o...

  2. Carlos says:

    This has been the most rigorously researched book that I ve read since John Boswell s Same Sex Unions Not since Boswell have I seen such drive to analyze primary texts Crompton s chapter on the story of Sodom and its mistaken use throughout history is simply superb The country by country and century by century analysis of societies and notable historical figures is without par and a delight to read for anyone Crompton s contrast of the Christian west to thecivilized nations of the ea This has been the most rigorously researched book that I ve read since John Boswell s Same Sex Unions Not since Boswell have I seen such drive to analyze primary texts Crompton s chapter on the story of Sodom and its mistaken use throughout history is simply superb The country by country and century by century analysis of societies and notable historical figures is without par and a delight to read for anyone Crompton s contrast of the Christian west to thecivilized nations of the east is not only commendable but gives one license to think of what the western tradition may have given us if it had not been poisoned by Christianity Lastly, Crompton s drive to go deeper than just a list of atrocities committed against the LGBT community across history allows the reader a rare glimpse at the nature of same sex love that gives someone who is part of the LGBT community...

  3. Buzz H. says:

    Dr Crompton provides a thoroughly researched and well presented survey of same sex attraction and sexuality in Europe and East Asia He provides some information about Central America as well, but evidently Africa, South Asia, pre Columbian North and South America, Oceania, and the Caribbean do not fall under the rubric of civilization Ahem Unexamined racism is annoying He does, happily, pay attention to female sexuality in the book.Given that this book purports to be a global survey, the Dr Crompton provides a thoroughly researched and well presented survey of same sex attraction and sexuality in Europe and East Asia...

  4. Lyra says:

    I m giving up on this book I was looking for a book that dealt with homosexuality throughout history, but this book seems to be a book that deals overwhelmingly with adult men who have sex with male children in history I understand that it has historically beenaccepted for adults to have sex with children both male and female than it is today, but my own personal history makes me particularly sensitive to not liking when this is equated with broader sexuality For example, if there was I m giving up on this book I was looking for a book that dealt with homosexuality throughout history, but this book seems to be a book that deals overwhelmingly with adult men who have sex with male children in history I understand that it has historically beenaccepted for adults to have sex with children both male and female than it is today, but my own personal history makes me particularly sensitive to not liking when this is equated with broader sexuality For example, if there was a book that was dealing with marriage throughout the ages and it dealt overwhelmingly with men wh...

  5. Will Bellais says:

    Well researched The book covers 4,000 years of human activity The lives and achievements note achievements of homosexuals through the centuries are chronicled We are taken to the darker side of persecution and the bright spots in the history of g...

  6. Doutor Branco says:

    It is quite an interesting book, helpful for those interested in knowingabout the homosexual s genesis However, based on some misleading accounts I am not sure if one can rely on it as a secure historical data.

  7. Cara says:

    Thoroughly researched and densely academic, this book forms a decent overview of homosexuality as a concept and practice in the West and parts of the East for the last 4000 years As other reviewers have mentioned, its attention to the sapphic side of homosexuality is a bright spot, but the absence of South Central American, African, and many American read non white narratives is a disappointment.That oversight aside, this is still an excellent work that covers a significant chunk of history Thoroughly researched and densely academic, this book forms a decent overview of homosexuality as a concept and practice in the West and parts of the East for the last 4000 years As other reviewers have mentioned, its attention to the sapphic side of homo...

  8. jkwon says:

    Read 99 pages Dropped the book because of its verbose narrative.

  9. Jennifer says:

    Although there is stillresearch that needs to be done, Louis Crompton has done a brilliant job of taking what records there are from ancient Greece and Rome all the way to the 1800s when executions for the so called crime of sodomy were effectively ended, and putting them in one book for the layman It s a remarkable contrast how civilizations such as ancient Greece and Rome, as well as China and Japan civilizations that came before the spread of Christianity or were so isolated until la Although there is stillresearch that needs to be done, Louis Crompton has done a brilliant job of taking what records there are from ancient Greece and Rome all the way to the 1800s when executions for the so called crime of sodomy were effectively ended, and putting them in one book for the layman It s a remarkable contrast how civilizations such as ancient Greece and Rome, as well as China and Japan civilizations that came before the spread of Christianity or were so isolated until late...

  10. Alex says:

    This book is an overview of homosexuality over various time periods and cultures, and its connections with other social trends It s well written and well organized and fairly comprehensive, especially with respect to European history However, it is very Eurocentric, devoting only one chapter to Asia and almost no space to Africa or the Americas And the author is a firm proponent of essentialism, seeking mainly to find evidence in history that homosexuals have always been a distinct class of i This book is an overview of homosexuality over various time periods and cultures, and its connections with other social trends It s well written and well organized and fairly comprehensive, especially with respect to European history However, it is very Eurocentric, devoting only one chapter to Asia and almost no space to Africa or the Americas And the author is a firm proponent of essentia...

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