Andrew Lear

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Andrew Lear
Born December 21, 1958 (1958-12-21) (age 58)
Boston, Massachusetts, US
Nationality American
Education Harvard University
University of Virginia
University of California, Los Angeles

Andrew Lear (born December 21, 1958) is a Classicist and scholar of gender history and the history of sexuality. His research focuses on concepts of gender and sexuality in ancient Greek poetry and art.[1] His book on male-male erotic scenes in ancient Athenian vase-painting (Images of Ancient Greek Pederasty: Boys Were Their Gods, co-authored with Eva Cantarella, Routledge 2008), was positively reviewed: it greatly expanded the number of known scenes and proposed a sophisticated framework for their interpretation.[2][3][4][5] He has written articles on topics including gender ideals in the work of Greek poets Anacreon and Theognis, as well as book reviews for Classical World.[6] Lear is seen as an expert on the comparison between ancient and modern views and practices of gender and sexuality.[7][8] His poems and translations have appeared in such journals as Persephone, the Southern Humanities Review, and Literary Imagination. He has taught at Harvard, Columbia, Pomona College,[9] and NYU.

In addition to his academic career, Lear designs and leads educational tours on topics related to his research. In 2013, he founded Oscar Wilde Tours, the first tour company focused on LGBT history.[10] Oscar Wilde Tours gives "gay secrets" museum tours that illuminate the history of homosexuality hidden in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Boston's Museum of Fine Arts, and London's National Portrait Gallery.[11][12][13] It also offers multi-day tours in Europe focused on gay history and art.[14] Oscar Wilde Tours won the Travvy silver prize in 2016 for best LGBT tour operator.[15] In 2016, Lear expanded this line by founding Shady Ladies Tours, a tour company focused on women’s history.[16] Their Shady Ladies tour of the Metropolitan Museum presents depictions of royal mistresses and courtesans in the collection,[17] and the Nasty Women tour is about pathbreaking women from Pharaoh Hatshepsut to Gertrude Stein.[18][19]


  1. ^ "NYU profile". New York University. Retrieved 2014-02-01. 
  2. ^ "Simon Goldhill in Times Higher Education". Times Higher Education. 2008-05-02. Retrieved 2014-02-01. 
  3. ^ "Craig Williams in Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2009.04.65". Bryn Mawr College. 2009-04-27. Retrieved 2014-02-01. 
  4. ^ "James Robson in American Journal of Archaeology". American Journal of Archaeology. Oct 2009. Retrieved 2014-02-01. 
  5. ^ "TK Hubbard in H-Histsex". H-Histsex. 2009-02-10. Retrieved 2014-02-01. 
  6. ^ "NYU profile". New York University. Retrieved 2014-02-01. 
  7. ^ Goldhill, Olivia (2016-05-21). "Why do Greek statues have such small penises?". Retrieved 2017-03-17. 
  8. ^ Schmidt, Samantha (2016-10-27). "A Sculptor Reaps the Rewards of Art Deals Brokered in the Bedroom". New York Times. Retrieved 2017-03-17. 
  9. ^ "Popular professor Lear denied tenure track position in Classics". 2011-03-24. Retrieved 2014-02-05. 
  10. ^ De Buitléir, Scott (2014-06-06). "A 'Wilde' Vacation -- Gay History for Gay Travelers". Huffington Post. Retrieved 9 June 2014. 
  11. ^ McDonald, James (6 March 2015). "How Gay Is the Metropolitan Museum of Art?". Out. Retrieved 17 March 2017. 
  12. ^ Strochlic, Nina (5 March 2015). "Inside The Met’s Secret Gay Art Collection". The Daily Beast. Retrieved 17 March 2017. 
  13. ^ Johns, Merryn (5 June 2015). "Queering Art History". Curve Magazine. Retrieved 17 March 2017. 
  14. ^ Teeman, Tim (11 June 2014). "Adventures in Gay History With Oscar Wilde". The Daily Beast. Retrieved 17 March 2017. 
  15. ^ Newcomer, Dianne (23 January 2016). "What Travvy Award winners have to offer". The News Star. Retrieved 17 March 2017. 
  16. ^ Crocker, Lizzie (25 February 2016). "The Metropolitan Museum’s Secret High-Class Escorts". The Daily Beast. Retrieved 17 March 2017. 
  17. ^ Brooks, Katherine (24 February 2016). "The 'Shady Ladies' Hiding In The Metropolitan Museum Of Art". Huffington Post. Retrieved 17 March 2017. 
  18. ^ "HW Pick: Shady Ladies Tours Presents "Nasty Women Of The Metropolitan" - Harlem World Magazine". Harlem World Magazine. 7 March 2017. Retrieved 17 March 2017. 
  19. ^ "Metropolitan Museum of Art Tour Celebrates the Nasty Women of History".