Vast and powerful, the Roman Empire has always been used as a parallel for modern politics. These days, however, Rome might just need a PR-campaign.
After several months of presidential campaign, and Emmanuel Macron's election, the most interesting element of this campaign could be the numerous analogies inspired by the disastrous French political landscape, reminding us of its old fable tradition.
While the Gay Liberation Movement tried to liberate LGBTs by "coming out of the closet", authors such as James Purdy regarded this strategy as oppressive. Voices such as his are important to be heard when writing the cultural history of gay liberation.