Saturday, June 14, 2008

From the "been there done that" category: Gay "marriage" in history.

"Besides abusing freeborn boys and seducing married women, he debauched the vestal virgin Rubria. The freewoman Acte he all but made his lawful wife, after bribing some ex-consuls to perjure themselves by swearing that she was of royal birth. He castrated the boy Sporus and actually tried to make a woman of him; and he married him with all the usual ceremonies, including a dowry and a bridal veil, took him to his house attended by a great throng, and treated him as his wife. And the witty jest that someone made is still current, that it would have been well for the world if Nero's father Domitius had had that kind of wife. This Sporus, decked out with the finery of the empresses and riding in a litter, he took with him to the assizes and marts of Greece, and later at Rome through the Street of the Images, fondly kissing him from time to time. That he even desired illicit relations wiith his own mother, and was kept from it by her enemies, who feared that such a relationship might give the reckless and insolent woman too great influence, was notorious, especially after he added to his concubines a courtesan who was said to look very like Agrippina. Even before that, so they say, whenever he rode in a litter with his mother, he had incestuous relations with her, which were betrayed by stains on his clothing"

That excerpt is from the Roman historian Seutonius writing about Nero. Eventually so many like passages involving sex and/or violence are included in his account the you go numb. The good news is that Christianity largely swept this away. The bad news is that many Christian leaders are trying to bring this back.

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