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The evidence about female homosexuality in the ancient greek world is limited, with it being hardly mentioned in extant greek literature. Most surviving sources from the classical period come from athens, and they are without exception written by men. At least among these athenian men, the discussion and depiction of female homosexual activity seems to have been taboo.   lesbian and queer relationships were heterosexualized to fit the binary held in ancient greece. Female same-sex relations were not within the greek understanding of sex. Therefore womens experiences were adapted to fit the narrative. Conclusion throughout ancient greece, homosexuality was widely accepted. A seemingly strange anomaly of sexual activity originated about three thousand years ago in ancient greece. It was thought that physical self-stimulation of ones genitals and lesbian relationships were more ethical, more pleasurable and more esteemed than traditional sexual practices involving men and women. The ethical stance on the issue gave rise to sexual activities between men and. Some of the lesbian cities continued to suffer internally from the rivalries of tyrants and aristocratic clans, mytilene famously had pittakos (aka pittacus, c. 650-570 bce) as its elected tyrant (aisymnetes), who was considered one of the seven sages of ancient greece. Perhaps the most important lesbian poet of all time, sappho, taught young women on the island of lesbos. The ancient greeks sure did talk about homosexuality a bunch, as would any culture where a formerly taboo practice is accepted. But i would question the numbers of ancient greeks who would have been able to buy and support an eronemos. By reputation ancient greeks embraced homosexuality, both male and female, but one particular place famous for lesbian trysts, lesbos, was actually an island where women known for their beauty served a sex trade of men on vacation. In a surprising turn, lesbos was reportedly the ancient sex tourism capital of the aegeanfor men. Sappho, a poet of ancient greece, is known through her work ten books of verse published by the third and second centuries b. Today what we know of the poetry of sappho is gleaned only through quotations in the writings of others. One poem from sappho survives in complete form, and the longest fragment of sappho poetry is a mere 16 lines long. When we think of our lesbian pioneers, women like ellen degeneres and billie jean king presumably come to mind. But we at the huffington post wanted to teach you a little somethin somethin about your history in honor of octobers lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (lgbt) history month.

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