2021 marks the Bicentennial of the Greek Revolution with a plethora of activities and events that span the globe and explore its different aspects and connections to the Mediterranean, the world, and Greece today. What seems to be missing from most of these celebrations and academic events is an extensive discussion on the body itself. How are bodies produced, constructed, and regulated before, during, and after the Greek revolution? What is the difference between the way bodies – and desires – were inscribed and transcribed in the everyday life, the literary imagination, and the newly founded constitution and penal code? This talk will take Georgios Tertsetis as a starting point to explore the discourse on the homosexual body in the first half of the 19th century while also considering the possibilities of its reception in a present continuous tense.