Philo on Homosexuality

Philo of Alexandria (20 BC—40 AD)

Philo of Alexandria (20 BC—40 AD)

The Law precludes homosexuality in any form: “It begins with the men who belie their sex and are affected with effemination, who debase the currency of nature and violate it by assuming the passions and the outward form of licentious women.”  — Philo, Volume VII, edited by G. P. Gould, The Loeb Classical Library (LCL 320), Page 289, year 1998.

“In fact the transformation of the male nature to the female is practiced by them as an art and does not raise a blush.  These persons are rightly judged worthy of death by those who obey the law, which ordains that the man-woman who debases the sterling coin of nature should perish unavenged, suffered not to live for a day or even an hour, as a disgrace to himself, his house, his native land and the whole human race.  And the lover of such may be assured that he is subject to the same penalty.” — Philo, Volume VII, edited by G. P. Gould, The Loeb Classical Library (LCL 320), Page 499, year 1998.

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