Niankhkhnum and Khnumhotep
In 1964, an Egyptian tomb from 2400 B.C. was discovered in the necropolis at Saqqara, Egypt. It belonged to Niankhkhnum and Khnumhotep, two men who had worked as royal manicurists in the palace of the king. The artwork decorating their tomb is believed to be some of the earliest portrayals of homosexual love, with pictures of the men holding hands, embracing, and even kissing.
This ancient Roman coin, called a “spintria“, is from 22-37 A.D. and depicts a man with an erect penis lying on his belly while another man penetrates him behind. The two lovers stare passionately into one another’s eyes. Spintria were small bronze or brass tokens that typically featured sexy pictures and were used to pay prostitutes. We’re pretty sure a coin like this wouldn’t fly today.
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