The Forbidden Scroll was made forbidden reading by Pope Paul IV in 1559, suppressed by university translators in 1913. So, here is what they didnâ€™t want you to read...
Online PR News – 02-May-2013 – Vancouver, BC – Canadian author and researcher Robert Joseph Greene has spent over 17 years looking at gays in history and has noticed the common thread of the suppression of homosexuality dating back to ancient Greece. Interestingly, it was a key misstep by a Yale University professor that led him to suspect some Victorian era scholars might have altered their translations to minimize homosexual content.
At the time of the Victorian era, most Greek texts were translated into English.Â University translators glossed over the â€śvice of the Greeksâ€ť in order to minimize any references to homosexuality.Â
After reading through several works of Plato, Socrates and Lucian of Samosata, Greene recognized a common theme in their views on male sexuality. Most Greek philosophers felt that limiting men to only heterosexuality bred mistrust among them. This mistrust allowed governments and religions the ability to better control men.
Greene came upon this discovery while researching material for his latest book, entitled,Â â€śThe Forbidden Scrollâ€ť (ISBN: 978-1-927124-29-1), a love story between a Prince who owned a forbidden text, and the scribe who translated it.
The original â€śForbidden Scrollâ€ť is a work entitled â€śAmoresâ€ť by Lucian of Samosata, which was written over 1800 years ago.Â â€śAmoresâ€ť was deemed forbidden by Pope Paul IV in 1559. The work was added to the Index of Forbidden Text, which is a list of all books that are forbidden to Christians from reading.
â€śTo add insult to injury, 350 years later, gay references were still being suppressed in translations into English,â€ť says Greene.
Greene saw that Victorian-era Austin Morris Harmon possibly altered the work to minimize its pro-gay stance, and Greene wants the public to see the true unedited translation.Â Austin Morris Harmon was, at that time,Â aÂ Princeton preceptor who later went on to head research into Lucian of Samosata for Yale University.
According to Greene, Greek philosophers assessed there are three (3) key components to whether or not a society was progressive or barbaric. They are barbaric if a society did not allow their men to 1) compete in athletic sports instead of train for war, 2) to educate themselves (in philosophy) and, 3) to practice homosexuality as well as heterosexuality.
â€śWar is primarily a tool of heterosexual male dominance, which is fostered upon mistrust,â€ť says Greene. â€śWe have perfect examples in nature that support the Greek philosophersâ€™ theory inÂ bonobo monkeys.â€ť
In the case of bonobo monkeys, the entire species isÂ bisexual. bonobo monkey culture utilizes sexual functions in conflict appeasement, affection, social status, excitement, and stress reduction. There is, however, juxtapositionÂ between the Greek philosophersâ€™ position and those of the bonobo monkeys.Â
While Greeks place little or no value toward women in society, bonobo monkey clans give a higher societal status to females. Bonobo monkeysâ€™ societal hierarchy is a matriarchal structure.
In his fictional book, Greene has added the entire unedited translation of â€śAmoresâ€ť so that the public can decide for itself whether the debate held 1800 years ago showed valid cause to favour homosexuality.
Greene feels that in todayâ€™s society, with support growing for marriage equality to include the LGBT community, that a more open and peaceful society will exist. He hopes both gays and straights will reexamine Greek philosophy for answers toward our collective future.
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