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EP Warren's Classical erotica: LGBT+ activism and objects from the past

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The Old Council Chamber, Wills Memorial Building

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Elderly man with thinning hair and moustache working at his desk

Edward Perry Warren (1860-1928) is best known for giving his name to the “Warren Cup”, an ancient Roman goblet with explicit scenes of men having sex together (now in the British Museum). The Classical antiquities Warren collected at the beginning of the twentieth century include many of those we now turn to for visual evidence of homosexual acts in the ancient world.

Drawing on original archive work, Jen Grove will explore how Warren used such artefacts from ancient Greece and Rome to campaign for the acceptance of same-sex relationships in the modern world. Warren was particularly influenced by John Addington Symonds and his Greek-inspired idea of a comradely type of love between highly virile men.

This talk will also explore some of the problems of looking to Warren, the objects he collected, and the type of ancient relationship he was inspired by - between older and younger partners - for LGBT+ activism and education today.

Dr Jen Grove is an Engaged Research Fellow in the Centre for Medical History at the University of Exeter.

Everyone is welcome. Admission is free but a small donation towards OutStories Bristol would be appreciated.

The Old Council Chamber is on the first floor of the Wills Memorial Building – go up the main stairs and turn right. Disabled parking is on the left side of the building with a lift to the first floor.

This is the Fourth Annual John Addington Symonds Celebration event in collaboration with the University of Bristol’s Institute of Greece, Rome, and the Classical Tradition (IGRCT).

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