Gay Warriors: A Documentary History from the Ancient World to the Present
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Gay Warriors: A Documentary History from the Ancient World to the Present

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In Ancient Greece and Rome, in Crusader campaigns and pirate adventures, same-sex romances were a common and condoned part of military culture. From the Peloponnesian War to the Gulf War, from Achelleus to Lawrence of Arabia gays and lesbians have played a crucial but often hidden role in military campaigns. But recent debates over the legality of gay service in the milita...more
Hardcover, 299 pages
Published December 1st 2001 by New York University Press (first published August 1st 1996)
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Sineala
This is an anthology of articles about same-sex behavior in various military groups throughout history, combined with excerpts of primary sources from the relevant era. For example, there's a Boswell piece (of course) on warrior-lovers in classical antiquity, followed by excerpts in translation of many, many texts about warrior-lovers. There are sections on the Knights Templar, the Royal Navy, and so on and so forth up through Don't Ask Don't Tell.

I have to say this is not really what I was expe...more
Kat Davis
A very thorough collection of textual sources. I was very interested to see the drastic change on attitudes to homosexuality in antiquity and the recent past. We may think ourselves enlightened, but seriously are not.
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