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Can you name these LGBTQ works from Antiquity to the Renaissance?

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Anonymous Sumerian epic about the more-than-friendship of the King of Uruk and wild man Enkidu18th Century BC
Homer's epic poem about the Trojan war, including hero Achilles' love for Patroclus12th Century BC
25th-dynasty story about a love affair between a pharoah and one of his generals7th Century BC
The work of this poet from Lesbos was so great she was called the 'Tenth Muse.'6th Century BC
Book(s) of the Hebrew Bible where you can read about David's love for Jonathan.6th Century BC
Euripides' play about the perils of defying the effeminate god of wine.405 BC
Platonic dialogue about types of love, especially love between men.4th Century BC
Sequence of pastoral poems by Virgil, including a sequence where shepherd Corydon pines for his love Alexis.1st Century BC
Fantastical (?) tales of debauchery by Petronius Arbiter, based on his time at Nero's court.1st Century AD
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This 'oldest surviving cookbook' by Greco-Egyptian author Athanaeus Naucratis offers a remarkably clear glimpse into gay relationships in late Antiquity.3rd Century AD
Hindu text about the art of living well, it includes a full section on gay sexuality.3rd Century AD
The longest surviving poem from antiquity is this work by Nonnos, chronicling the adventures of god Dionysus and his many same-sex love affairs.4th Century AD
Considered by some as the world's first novel, this book by Murasaki Shikibu includes same-sex desire in its sexual landscape.11th Century AD
Christopher Marlowe's history play about this monarch doesn't shy away from his relationship with courtier Piers Gaveston.1592 AD
About half of this sequence of poems dedicated to 'Mr W H' concern the poet's love for a handsome youth. 1609 AD
This scandalous Italian dialogue appeared as a justification for libertinism and sodomy.1652 AD
Ihara Saikaku's sequence of stories of gay love among samurai and kabuki actors.1687 AD

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