he term "Mancrush" is not a modern creation; contrary to popular belief, the phrase is thousands of years old and is steeped in history and international intrigue. The earliest ancestor of the term that has come to be known as Mancrush first appeared on what is known as the "Man Scrolls," a series of papyrus documents discovered in 1982 by Austrian archaeologist Gotlieb Mannstein in modern-day Greece. The scrolls provide a detailed account of the 390 BCE Olympic Games, as observed by notable Greek historian and mathematician Manicles. Here, while capturing the events of the Games, Manicles apparently coined the term "Manus Crux" as he was describing his heterosexual admiration of Jeterius, the preeminent Javelin thrower of the time. Manicles' idea was revolutionary - no one had contemplated a Manus Crux before - and he was not certain of how it would be received. Other historical accounts indicate that while Manicles was championed in some circles for breaking down the barrier of heterosexual masculine admiration that had been creating a schism in the Peloponnese, ultimately ancient Greek society was not accepting of his ideas and he was ostracized to Egypt for his radical Manus Crux notion.
While there is no further record of Manicles himself after he left Greece, we know that his Manus Crux idea lived on in the Middle East through many other historical accounts. Several writings by Arab astronomer Manwar Al-Man, circa 700 CE, discuss the notion of "manhabbas cruhes" or, the "desire to be another man, to have that man's life, be he a goat-herder, archer, or abacus maker." (Al-Man, The Manhabbas Verses)
The term does not make another appearance in the annals of history until the Middle Ages when, presumably as a result of the Crusades, the term returned to Europe and appeared in Martin Luther's earliest writings as "Maan Kruch." Though not documented, many historians believe that Luther's formulation of his Maan Kruch idea and his inability to have such on Pope Leo X, the highest and most powerful of all men during the time of the Reformation, led to his disillusionment with the Catholic church and consequently the posting of his 95 theses.
From this point on, the historical record of the term Mancrush becomes a bit nebulous. Some scholars believe that the term took root in Italy where, known as Mani Cruggio, it served as the inspiration for Leonardo Da Vinci's 'Vitruvian Man.' Other academics believe that the term spread east, to Russia, where it became Manzef Kruzchev, and was one of the leading tenets of the Bolshevik Revolution. One school of thought even claims that the term is only about 300 years old, and was coined by Franciscan Monks observing Guzman el Bueno defeat the Moors at the Battle of Mans Crues in 1694. In any event, the term has arrived today, in its present form, as Mancrush. Though the times have changed the meaning of the term has not, and to this day the idea of "Mancrush" still denotes the highest level of attraction a man can have for another man, without having any sexual want towards that man.
And so the torch has been passed to us, not only to carry on the legacy of the Mancrush but to also illuminate its history for the entire world, and to invite all men to join with us in this noble and ambitious endeavor to classify and rank every man in history.
-Rudolf Crushman III, Renowned Manthropologist
Rudolf 'Ruddy' Crushman III is a professor of Manthropology at Isle of Man University. For questions, comments, and for historical perspectives, his email is firstname.lastname@example.org