Homosexuality in Nineteenth-Century Literature Greek Love - Essay

Greek Love

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

John Addington Symonds

SOURCE: "A Problem in Greek Ethics," in Sexual Inversion, 1897. Reprint by Arno Press, 1975, pp. 245-47.

[In the late-nineteenth century, Symonds and sexologist Havelock Ellis discussed working together to produce a study of homosexuality. When Ellis published his finished work in 1897, Symonds's contribution, written several decades earlier, was relegated to the appendix. Excerpted below, his "A Problem in Greek Ethics" presents the thesis he had wanted to include in the larger work: like many homosexual men of his generation educated at Oxford, Symonds emphasized the importance of male-male love to Hellenistic culturea world that...

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