Ancient Greek graffiti reveals gay love affair

Ancient Greek graffiti reveals gay love affair

LAST UPDATED // Tuesday, 08 July 2014 13:38 Written by // Cec Busby

We all know the ancient Greeks were partial to a bit of man-loving. So it should come as no surprise that the world’s oldest graffiti has been uncovered on an Aegean island and it depicts some rather large penises and a proclamation of desire between a gay couple.

The graffiti was discovered by Dr Andreas Vlachopoulos, at Astypalaia – a remote and rocky peninsula at Vathy. Vlachopoulos is a specialist in prehistoric archaeology and said the inscriptions and drawings date back to the fifth and sixth century BC.

Vlachopoulos described the inscriptions, which were chiselled into the limestone, as “triumphant”.

"They claimed their own space in large letters that not only expressed sexual desire but talked about the act of sex itself," he told the Guardian. "And that is very, very rare."

One inscription read: "Nikasitimos was here mounting Timiona (Νικασίτιμος οἶφε Τιμίονα).

Vlachopoulos suggested the use of the past continuous tense indicated the two men were in an ongoing relationship.

Another piece of graffiti depicted two penises engraved into limestone beneath the name of Dion, and dated back to the fifth century BC.


Cec Busby

Cec Busby

Cec Busby is the news editor of SX and online editor of

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