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Alexander the gay and the gloryhole that was Greece

Tougher, Shaun ORCID: and Llewellyn-Jones, Lloyd ORCID: 2022. Alexander the gay and the gloryhole that was Greece. Stoneman, Richard, ed. A History of Alexander the Great in World Culture, Cambridge University Press, pp. 424-447. (10.1017/9781316711798.020)

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Within contemporary Western gay communities, Alexander the Great is often championed as a hero and an inspirational figure – the ultimate high-status homosexual. This chapter explores the various ways in which he has been visualised within the gay community and its wider – more closeted – community. The chapter explores his literary image in the novels of Mary Renault, in stage musicals and pornography and in mainstream Hollywood cinema. The darker, anti-gay, reading of Alexander is also explored in the context of right-wing nationalism and the military.

Item Type: Book Section
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: History, Archaeology and Religion
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781107167698
Last Modified: 30 Nov 2022 07:18

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