05/06/2013 11:57 am ET Updated Feb 02, 2016

This Week In Gay History May 5 – May 11: Ancient Egypt, Nazi Germany, DOMA, And Mark Bingham

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2400 BCE

In 1964 in the ancient necropolis of Saqqara, Egyptian archaeologist Ahmed Moussa discovered a series of tombs with rock-cut passages in the escarpment facing the causeway that lead to the pyramid of Unas. Chief Inspector Mounir Basta reported crawling on his hands and knees through the passages, entering one of the Old Kingdom tombs discovered burial chambers of Khnumhotepand Niankhkhnum servants and royal confidants at the Palace of King Niuserre during the Fifth Dynasty of Egyptian pharaohs and are believed to be the first recorded same-sex couple in recorded history.

The main portrait of the ‘boys’ in the tomb show them nose to nose in a close embrace, a clone of the portrait style used in other Egyptian tomb art of the era to showcase male-female married couples and the heiroglyphs in the tomb have their names are strung together in a blessings that translates as “joined in life and joined in death.”

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