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Burton's "Sotadic Zone"
Sotadic is a term related to the ancient Greek poet Sotades (Greek: Σωτάδης) some of whose verses, preserved in the Greek Anthology, relate to homosexuality. The explorer Sir Richard Burton invented the concept of a "Sotadic Zone" of the world, including the Mediterranean region, parts of Asia, and all of North and South America, in which homosexual relations were supposed to be particularly prevalent.[1]

Burton first advanced his Sotadic Zone concept in the "Terminal Essay" in Volume 10 of his translation of The Arabian Nights — which he called The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night — in 1886.[2]


  1. Gordon Waitt and Kevin Markwell (2008). "The Lure of the "Sotadic Zone"’". Gay & Lesbian Review Worldwide 15 (2).
  2. The Book of the Thousand Nights and A Night, The Burton Society, 1886 (Private printing)