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Saints Sergius + Bacchus by Eshto Saints Sergius + Bacchus by Eshto

Sergius and Bacchus were Roman soldiers honored as martyrs. They were discovered to be Christians when they refused to worship the god Jupiter. Bacchus was beaten to death first, but according to legend he appeared to Sergius the next day in his prison cell and promised him: “If I have been taken from you in body, I am still with you in the bond of union”. Sergius was tortured and killed soon after. The two men had been united in a rite called adelphopoiesis, which some scholars believe may have been a type of same-sex union.
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Bug-Off Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
These are interesting. I don't get to hear very much about gay people in history. These days a lot of homophobic folks would like us to believe that gay people are a new phenomenon that sprung up out of nowhere as part of an evil conspiracy. These short little history lessons are a good way of reminding us that not only have gay people been around throughout the span of human history, but have also been a part of it too, influencing it's events just as much as straight men.
Man-Of-Few-Words Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013   Writer
They were also described as 'erastai' meaning lovers.
Zaera-D Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012   Digital Artist
I adore all of these, but this one is my favourite. The composition is beautiful.
MykulTheGrey Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011   Photographer
oh, and P.S. This piece IS beautiful.
lasersforeyes Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2011
This is beautiful. Also, to refute an above comment, there is no way for us to know that "they weren't gay," or that they were. What is clear is that they shared a very deep bond, and that's all we can know.

This is an amazing piece of's goin' on my favorites!
MercuriusTJ Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love your work. I also the history behind the art.


For Love, Nature and Life
godofwarlover Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2010
I think they could have been gay. Bastards like Fred Phelps should consider looking up David and Jonathan and these two
shezakiller Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2010
This is beautiful. I love this whole series. Contrary to the excuses some apologists make, there have been many gay Christians and saints throughout history. St. Anselm is a prominent example. Even Jesus had his beloved John.
hokidave Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2009
well impressive work.
they weren't gay but greatly drawn pic
Eshto Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Some historians, like John Boswell, believe they were.
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