BC (Before Christ)
Special effects by Ray Harryhausen in One Million Years B.C. (1967) - Don Chaffey [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]
Year of the birth of Jesus (c. 6-4 BC — c. 30 AD) [...]
Anno Domini [...]Anno Domini (Latin: "In the year of the Lord"), or more completely Anno Domini Nostri Jesu Christi ("in the year of our Lord Jesus Christ"), commonly abbreviated AD or A.D., is the designation used to number years in the dominant Christian Era in the world today. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anno_Domini [Nov 2004]
Queer Timeline BC [...]
Author Unknown About 2500 B.C. > The Epic of Gilgamesh - a tale of love between two "friends"; the harsh king of Uruk, Gilgamesh; and a stranger, Enkidu, sent by the gods to temper the king. About 1900 B.C. > Sodom and Gomorrah - According to Chapter 19 of the Book of Genesis, the cities are destroyed by fire and brimstone. Centuries later, this story was interpreted by Philo of Alexandria and other religious writers as an angry God's punishment for the homosexuality of the inhabitants. 594 B.C. > Solon rules Athens - Empowered to write new law code, Solon declares the death penalty for any unauthorized adult male who mingled in a schoolyard with boys below the age of puberty. He apparently had no problem with relationships between adult men and post-pubescent youth... his own poetry includes such unmistakably homoerotic lines as "Boys in the flower of their youth are loved." 580 B.C. > Sappho's School for Girls - Situated on the Greek isle of Lesbos, Sappho's school for girls flourished, as did the exquisitie love poems she wrote to her students. About 393-387 B.C. > During this decade long period, Plato wrote The Sumposium, Phaedrus" among other works in which he spoke of the free expression of love between adult males. About 371 B.C. > The Sacred Band of Thebes - A military unit formed in Greece consisting of some 150 male couples, believing that men fight alongside their lovers would die together rather than shame one another. The Band was annihilated by Philip of Macedon and his son, Alexander the Great, during the Battle of Chaeronea.
Alternative Sexuality Timelinehttp://www.backdrop.net/bdsm-history/timeline.html [Jul 2004]
Ca. 50's 00 BC
Creation of rock drawings at Ti-n-Lalan, near Fezzan in Libya, showing an animal headed creature with a gigantic penis, and an animal/man hybrid, having sex.
Ca. 2500 BC
Gilgamesh, King of Uruk, in the Sumerian poem cycles that constitute one of the oldest known pieces of literature, meets Enkidu, the only man who rivals him for strength and bravery. They become lovers and particularly enjoy wrestling with each other.
2355 - 2261 BC
The reign of Egyptian King Pepy II Neferkare who, in what may be history's first homosexual short story, makes nocturnal visits to have sex with his general, Sisinne.
Ca. 1900 BC
Destruction of the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. Too bad the bible is not more explicit about the reason. The interpretation hinges on the Hebrew word meaning "to know." The term is used 943 times in the Old Testament; only 15 of these times is it a euphemism for sexual activity. In the New Testament, the only reference to Sodom (Luke 10:10) identifies the sin as inhospitality. The story of Sodom and Gomorrah probably had nothing to do with sexuality. [AA]
The reign of Egyptian Queen Hatshepsut who adopted male dress and even wore a false beard.
Ca. 1250 BC
The Ani Papyrus shows the rite of the "animation of the phallus." It appears to be one of the earliest recorded examples of a blow job.
Ca. 1000 BC
The Israelite king Saul demands of David, as a bride-price for his daughter Michal, 100 Philistine foreskins.
Ca. 730 BC
"Krimon warms the heart of Simias" is one of several lines of homosexual graffiti that constitute one of the earliest know uses of the Greek alphabet. [AA]
7th Century BC
Ashurbanipal, the last Assyrian king, dresses in women?s clothing most of the time. The cross-dressing is used to justify his eventual overthrow.[TOL]
After this date it becomes customary for Greek hoplites, the upper class warriors who fight in the phalanx, each to take a boy of 12 as a lover to train until he is 18 and can hunt and fight. In Crete a ritual kidnapping consecrates the pairing.
Sappho?s famed girls? school flourishes on the isle of Lesbos. Her ezusite love poems to students are the earliest known lesbian writings. [AA]
Ca. 540 BC
The Etruscan Tomb of the Bulls at Tarquinia, with its fresco depicting one man anally penetrating another.
418 BC, Dec. 25
Birth of Epaminondas, one of the great military geniuses of the ancient world. Like other Greek warriors he loved boys, but for him delight in boys was complete, he never married or produced an heir. His two favorite boys fell in battle and, by his order, were buried with him in his tomb. [Greif 82]
382 BC, April 18
Birth of Philip II of Macedon, father of Alexander the Great. In 350 BC he leaves on a military expedition, taking with him 800 boys to be used for the pleasure of himself and his officers.
The Sacred Band of Thebes is formed. This military unit consists entirely of 150 male couples and is based upon the belief that men fighting alongside their lovers would die rather than shame one another. [TOL]
356 BC, July 20
The birth of Alexander of Macedoniaknown to history as Alexander the Greatking, general, world conqueror, and lover of men, particularly Hephaiston, whose death in 324 he mourns extravagantly, and the eunuch slave boy Bagoas, who had been a favorite of Persian king Darius.
The Sacred Band of Thebes is annihilated by Philip of Macedon and his son Alexander at the Battle of Chaeronea. The 300 stood their ground and perished.
Alexander of Macedonia begins his campaign to conquer the Persian Empire, and takes Egypt and much of Asia before turning back in central India.
The death of Hephaiston, lover of Alexander the Great.[G30]
323 BC, June 10
Death of Alexander the Great.
Addeaus of Macedon is quoted as saying, "When you meet a boy who pleases take action at once. Don't be polite, just grab him by the balls and strike while the iron is hot."
The Roman Senate attempts to suppress the Bacchanalian rites in which, according to the historian Livy, there is more debauchery among the men with each other than with the women.
100 BC, July 13
Birth of Gaius Julius Caesar in Rome. "Wife to every man and husband to every woman." [Greif 82]
Revolt of Roman slaves, led by Spartacus. The revolution is crushed by consuls Pompey and Crassus and the slaves are crucified along the Appian Way.
10 BC, Aug. 1
Birth of Claudius, Emperor of Rome. Robert Graves? novels, and Masterpiece Theatre?s production of I Claudius enlightened us, but not about Emperor Claudius? contributions to the gladiatorial games or of his male lovers.
Publication of Ovid?s Ars Amatoria, the first self-help sex manual. --http://www.backdrop.net/bdsm-history/timeline.html [Jul 2004]
The most famous victim of hemlock poisoning is probably Socrates. After being condemned to death for impiety in 399 BC, Socrates was given a potent solution of the hemlock plant. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conium#Socrates [Feb 2005]
First brothelIn Greece, Solon instituted the first of Athens' brothels (oik`iskoi) in the 6th century BC, and with the earnings of this business he built a temple dedicated to Aprodites Pandemo (or Qedesh), patron goddess of this commerce. The greek word for prostitute is porne, derived from the verb pernemi (to sell), with the evident modern evolution. The procuring was however severely forbidden. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prostitution#History [Sept 2004]
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