The Further Adventures of Alexander the Great - Boyfriend, Gay Warrior, Porn King

Start time: 18:00 / End time: 19:00 / Date: 21 Feb 2019 / Venue: Lecture theatre 7, Rendall Building

Open to: Students within this Faculty / Staff within this Faculty / Any UOL students / Any UOL staff / Any potential postgraduate students / University of Liverpool Alumni / General Public

Type: Lecture

Contact: For more information contact Dr Clare Downham at

About the event

This engaging lecture explores the modern perception of Alexander’s sexuality – his queerness – in literature, film, and other forms of popular culture in the twenty-first century, a period of incrementally increasing gay visibility in world politics and international culture. The material is representative of current trends in the queering of Alexander.

Alexander’s queerness, it transpires, is more than the sum of its parts. There are numerous queer Alexanders, each adopting the different personas of the ever-shifting, ever morphing, multivalent world of gay identity. Alexander can be the romantic hero, dreaming of a better world, safe in the arms of his boyfriend; Alexander can be the voracious porn star, with an insatiable lust for his squaddies; and Alexander can be the all-singing-all-dancing Broadway hoofer, the American boy-next-door. But in the images examined in this lecture, Alexander is always a figure of some fantasy, and even if the creator of that image is not necessarily male or homosexual, Alexander is enthusiastically claimed by the gay community.

Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones is Professor of Ancient History at Cardiff University. He is a specialist in the history of ancient Persia, ancient monarchy, Greek socio-cultural history, the Hellenistic world, and the reception of antiquity. Recent publications include ‘The Culture of Animals in Antiquity’, ‘The Hellenistic Court’ and ‘Designs on the Past. How Hollywood Created the Ancient World.’

Add this event to my calendar

Create a calendar file

Click on "Create a calendar file" and your browser will download a .ics file for this event.

Microsoft Outlook: Download the file, double-click it to open it in Outlook, then click on "Save & Close" to save it to your calendar. If that doesn't work go into Outlook, click on the File tab, then on Open & Export, then Open Calendar. Select your .ics file then click on "Save & Close".

Google Calendar: download the file, then go into your calendar. On the left where it says "Other calendars" click on the arrow icon and then click on Import calendar. Click on Browse and select the .ics file, then click on Import.

Apple Calendar: The file may open automatically with an option to save it to your calendar. If not, download the file, then you can either drag it to Calendar or import the file by going to File >Import > Import and choosing the .ics file.