Transgenderism in Ancient Society: The Real Story

This is not your grandfather’s ancient Roman history! This video embraces the fundamental belief that true inclusivity means not only equal rights in today’s society, it also means that people of all identities must be able to authoritatively see themselves reflected, and not left out, of history.

This video is the result of many months of deeply researching the fascinating ancient primary source materials on the topic of transgenderism in ancient time, with that goal in mind. This video should serve to greatly enhance your knowledge on the subject for your general interest, or to help with a high school or university project, and for educators, a lesson plan. It is admittedly very much only a beginning on a little researched, but incredibly interesting, subject. You are encouraged to explore the topic further using the many citations and bibliography provided.

The work of professional historians is always meant to be objective and truthful, and this documentary, made by an ancient Roman historian, is perhaps, although short, the most comprehensive and deeply researched documentary ever produced on the subject of transgenderism in the ancient world, at this point in time. Its results may well surprise you.

Using a plethora of ancient source materials, all properly cited, and referenced, for further research, the remarkable lives of those whom the ancients considered in-between gender was surprisingly well documented, and is factually presented to you here. This video will demonstrate that spatial and temporal differences in attitudes towards people considered in-between gender in classical civilizations did exist, however, in the late Roman period, and at other times and places, far from being discriminated against, in-between gendered individuals were generally considered to be the very most beautiful of people, and were protected and represented by the gods of Hermes, Mercury, Hermaphroditus, and Hermaphrodite, the latter two in fact being in-between gender gods themselves.

FREE eBook | Queen Cleopatra: The Real Story

The truth of history’s most famous ancient queen is assuredly more fascinating than the fiction, meaning that if you are an aficionado of Cleopatra, an instructor giving a lesson, or a student wanting to ace a project, you will not want to miss this biography, based upon the actual ancient primary sources. Professionally cited and lavishly illustrated, this 11 page free.PDF is sure to entertain, inspire, and educate. You can download by clicking below:


FREE Video | VOLUMNIA CYTHERIS LYCORIS: The Famous Courtesan from the Ancient Roman Republic

Rarely has the exciting life of the famous socialite and courtesan Volumnia Cytheris Lycoris been told in such detail, and with such accuracy, as in the following video. Volumnia began her life as a slave, was emancipated by her master, and went on, with determination and talent, to become a professional mime actress, and courtesan, to some of the most powerful and intriguing men of the ancient Roman republic. In her own day, she was a notoriously famous household name, but in most history books today, she is rarely mentioned, if at all, in a mere sentence or two. Often worse, she is dismissed simply as an ancient prostitute. While true that she remains the most famous meretricem from the ancient Roman republic, her noted influence upon her own society, and those who helped shape it, demands a better understanding of her, and her important and noteworthy role, in order to even begin a proper understanding of the ancient Roman republic, overall.

A better understanding would be knowing that the occupation of meretricem was no more like that of a prostitute in ancient time, than a proficient ancient ship’s captain could be considered a competent airline pilot today. Further, the role of meretricem, as a profession, does not exist in our day, any more than an airline pilot’s did, in Volumnia’s. To emphasize the need to avoid this anachronistic fallacy that usually envelopes her then, I pronounce the word meretricem with the hard Latin “C”, as we think the ancients more likely did, rather than the usual academic soft convention. I state this so you do not think that you, or anyone else, has been pronouncing it wrong, if using the modern pronunciation.

FREE Poem | A New English Translation of the Recovered Fragment of Cornelius Gallus

Believe it or not, this ancient Roman fragment of one of the ancient Roman republic’s most famous poets, is about Volumnia Cytheris Lycoris, and was found only recently, in the year 1978. I have put my English translation of it in the public domain. You can download it by clicking below:


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