Revising Pevsner — York, York. Greek homosexuality has been set upon a pedestal, deemed a worthy and respectable model for romance by philosophers, writers and lovers alike. Read more: Oscar Wilde would have been on Grindr — but he preferred a more clandestine connection The secret language of queer love Wilde was far from alone in responding to ancient homosexuality rather differently depending on whether he was operating in a public or a private context. These authors also criticise the licence of Roman writers including Petronius, whose novel the Satyricon became a byword for Roman decadence. There, describing a sexual encounter with a male lover, he slips from English into Latin. Also frequently attacked for obscenity, were the poets Juvenal and Martial. A hedonistic ruler who married both women and men. When Rome is embraced, love and sex need not be mutually exclusive.