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CALENDAR - Fairy Tales by Eshto CALENDAR - Fairy Tales by Eshto
This calendar explores same-sex affection throughout history.

All of these depictions are based on real people. Most of these historical figures are widely accepted to have been homosexual or bisexual. Some of them, such as Saints Sergius and Bacchus, are known for their unusual closeness, but scholars disagree on whether or not they were romantically involved. History isn't an exact science, and all too often truths are hidden or rewritten after the fact by people who wish to erase gay people from history.

This project wasn't about proving without a doubt whether or not a certain historical figure was gay; but rather exploring same-sex affection when enough evidence existed to at least consider it a reasonable possibility. Some scholars are quick to dismiss the love between men like David and Jonathan as merely "platonic", but ask yourself, if the love between a man and woman were described with as much passion and endearment, would anyone doubt that they may have been romantically involved?

I invite you to ponder these issues, as well as appreciate the depth and breadth of same-sex affection among human beings. Homosexuality has existed in all human cultures throughout time; and men who love men have stood among those who have made the greatest contributions to human civilization.
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karenjade Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013
This is great work! Your art here is not only highly skilled, but enlightening! :clap:
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Carb0nell Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012
grrr and where are Socrates and Alcibiades? [link]
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Kikka24Moon Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Love has no age, sex and color! :love:
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Lelio-Alesta Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012
Is it possible to buy the wonderful calendar somehow beside the Deviantart printing? I live un Ukraine and afraid there would be problems with shipping and all that stuff...
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SweetsToTheSweet Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012
Lovely. I would love to see a book of this sort of art and history. I think a calender would be too fleeting a thing. Amazing.
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msmickimac Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2011
Just wonderful! I am glad I stumbled across this work.
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rawrjustlooking Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sorry, I see the list now :heart:
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rawrjustlooking Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Could you list me the names of the 12 couples in order of the 12 pictures? I could use ideas for a project, and I'm interested. Also, is the Sacred Band of Thebes a fairy tale or truth?
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diddles25 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Philip II of Macedon (the father of Alexander the Great) is said to have wept over their bodies as he was so moved by their boldness in battle and their devotion to each other; he later placed a statue (which still stands) in their honor. They truly existed.
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pinkjaguar12 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2010
wow. this is just astounding. the message behind it is just so pure and fantastic. great job!
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