n Akroterion - opposition to same-sex marriage in the early empire : CASA essay

Volume 57, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0303-1896
  • E-ISSN: 2079-2883
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The early Empire has become almost a for popular histories of same-sex marriage, and the attraction is not difficult to understand. Regardless of polemical allegiance, the activist who chooses to focus on the occurrences of such a practice in the early Empire is afforded two advantages. Firstly, Christianity had not yet become an influential moral code in mainstream society, and therefore arguments for the acceptance or rejection of the practice gain extra weight from being non-sectarian. Secondly, the depictions and verbal forms in the extant literature are unambiguous, so there is no need for evidential pleading.

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