And these were they that did defile their bodies behaving as women: and the women that were with them were they that lay with one another as a man with a woman.
The only specific mention of Lesbianism is Romans , "For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature" (NKJV).
For instance, in Sappho's Ode to Aphrodite, the poet asks Aphrodite for aid in wooing another woman.
It is noticeable that the fragment describes Sappho both giving to and receiving from the same partner, in contrast with the rigid active/passive partner dichotomy observed in Greek male homosexual relationships.
Lesbianism is the sexual and romantic desire between females.
There are far fewer historical mentions of lesbianism than male homosexuality, due to many historical writings and records focusing primarily on men.
An Attic red figure vase in the collection of the Tarquinia National Museum in Italy shows a kneeling woman fingering the genitals of another woman, in a rare example of sexual activities between women being explicitly portrayed in Greek art.
Sappho is the most often mentioned example of an ancient Greek woman who may have actually engaged in female homosexual practices.
Alcman wrote hymns known as partheneia, At roughly the same time, Sappho's poems discuss her love for both men and women.This novelist also states that such love is "wild and lawless".Another example of the gender-sexual worldview of the times was documented in Lucian's Dialogues of the Courtesans, in which Megilla renames herself Megillus and wears a wig to cover her shaved head.Seneca the Elder mentions a husband who killed his wife and her female lover and implies that their crime was worse than that of adultery between a male and female.The Babyloniaca of Iamblichus describes an Egyptian princess named Berenice who loves and marries another woman.Sarah Pomeroy believes that Plutarch's depiction of homosexual relationships between Spartan women is plausible.For instance, she argues, in the girls' choirs that performed the partheneia of Alcman, homosexual relationships between the girls would have "flourished".She bears a girl and attempts to conceal her sex by giving her a name that is of ambiguous gender: Iphis.When the "son" is thirteen, the father chooses a golden-haired maiden named Ianthe as the "boy's" bride.Later references to female homosexuality in Greek literature include an epigram by Asclepiades, which describes two women who reject Aphrodite's "rules" but instead do "other things which are not seemly".Dover comments on the "striking" hostility shown in the epigram to female homosexuality, contrasting it with Asklepiades' willingness to discuss his own homosexual desire in other works, suggesting that this apparent male anxiety about female homosexuality in ancient Greece is the reason for our paucity of sources discussing it.