Our modern preoccupation with sexuality has depended on a distinction between homo- and hetero-. That gender-changing operation and other, less dramatic transgender behavior are blurring our neat borders should help us understand the very different Roman attitudes. Instead of today's gender orientation, ancient Roman and Greek sexuality can be dichotomized as passive and active. The socially preferred behavior of a male was active; the passive part aligned with the female. But before I go further, let me stress: this is an oversimplification.
Rome is a controversial place for gay men. Remember your gay fantasies when you watched those movies with Roman soldiers and gladiators? See the whole world admiring the sculptures of gorgeous men by gay artists in Rome's museums? Capital of Italy, a big, free and democratic country? Don't expect too much from all that regarding the gay scene. Be it for reasons of mentality or because the Pope's power reaches also outside the walls of Vatican City, Rome has by far not the open and colourful gay life as other capitals in Europe.
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Explore Rome's most impressive squares, fountains, monuments and attractions. Rome is a breath-taking open-air museum and these are its top sights. Known as the Flavian Amphitheatre, the Roman Colosseum is one of the capital's most remarkable monuments. Every year over 6 million people visit it. Top 10 sights in Rome.