History is not the same thing as time. History works like this: events where almost no documentation survives, it's as if those happened a long time ago, in antiquity. Events that are still well-documented-- so you can reconstruct them, and you can feel like you knew the people involved-- it's as if those are recent events.
So it seems as if Pompeii was recent history, because you can learn about it inside and out, get to know the people, read eyewitness accounts, and reconstruct every detail. Yet, there are people only four generations back, where all that can ever be learned about them anymore is a name, dates of birth and death, and perhaps one sentence about them. It might not even be a friendly or true sentence. You don't get to know the person. Everything you would have liked to know has been lost or erased forever. That's ancient history.
Most queer history feels ancient. No matter when they came from, virtually all histories of minority groups feel ancient.
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