The 18th century Turkish poet Enderunlu Fazil describes the charms of youths from Aleppo to Zanzibar in his Book of the Handsome Ones.
Whether it was truly written by Oscar Wilde or not, the early homoerotic novel Teleny is better written than your average Victorian pornography.
The 1748 Fanny Hill - or The Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure to be accurate - is early English pornography with a bit of something for everyone, with plenty of straight, lesbian and even gay sex.
Nanshoku Okagami - The Great Mirror of Male Love - written in 1687 is a collection of stories about the love between samurai and their pages, kabuki actors and their patrons, reflecting a long tradition of homosexuality in Japan.
Abu Nuwas, who died in 864, was considered one of the greatest Persian poets of his day with his poems about drinking and sex. Mostly with boys.
Brutal and tender, Genet's Un Chant d'Amour still resonates - the film is as powerful today as when it was made in 1950.