Homosexuality in Ancient Persia (video)

“The thirteenth-century Persian poet Sa’di wrote prose and poetry that included passages on the passionate love between men and boys.  “The objects of truly passionate love in Persia were boys.”  Thus, Sa’di presents lovemaking between men and boys as “perfectly normal.”  Many of the stories in chapter five of The Rose Garden involve love affairs between men and boys:  masters with slaves, princes with youthful subjects, teachers with schoolboys, and other variations.

For quite some time, however, readers in the English-speaking world had no idea, as early translators either changed references from boys to girls, or just as frequently, deleted the stories entirely.

“Know that eternal bliss is in anal sex,

but only he who also gives attains it.”

-Persian Poet