The Sacred Band

The story of the Sacred Band, an elite 300-man corps recruited from pairs of lovers, highlights a chaotic era of ancient Greek history, four decades marked by battles, ideological disputes, and the rise of vicious strongmen.

The Sacred Band

The Sacred Band

From classicist James Romm comes a thrilling deep dive into the last decades of ancient Greek freedom leading up to Alexander the Great’s destruction of Thebes—and the saga of the greatest military corps of the age, the Theban Sacred Band, a unit composed of 150 pairs of male lovers. The story of the Sacred Band, an elite 300-man corps recruited from pairs of lovers, highlights a chaotic era of ancient Greek history, four decades marked by battles, ideological disputes, and the rise of vicious strongmen. At stake was freedom, democracy, and the fate of Thebes, at this time the leading power of the Greek world. The tale begins in 379 BC, with a group of Theban patriots sneaking into occupied Thebes. Disguised in women’s clothing, they cut down the agents of Sparta, the state that had cowed much of Greece with its military might. To counter the Spartans, this group of patriots would form the Sacred Band, a corps whose history plays out against a backdrop of Theban democracy, of desperate power struggles between leading city-states, and the new prominence of eros, sexual love, in Greek public life. After four decades without a defeat, the Sacred Band was annihilated by the forces of Philip II of Macedon and his son Alexander in the Battle of Chaeronea—extinguishing Greek liberty for two thousand years. Buried on the battlefield where they fell, they were rediscovered in 1880—some skeletons still in pairs, with arms linked together. From violent combat in city streets to massive clashes on open ground, from ruthless tyrants to bold women who held their era in thrall, The Sacred Band follows the twists and turns of a crucial historical moment: the end of the treasured freedom of ancient Greece.

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The Sacred Band
Language: en
Pages: 320
Authors: James Romm
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2021-06-08 - Publisher: Simon and Schuster

From classicist James Romm comes a thrilling deep dive into the last decades of ancient Greek freedom leading up to Alexander the Great’s destruction of Thebes—and the saga of the greatest military corps of the age, the Theban Sacred Band, a unit composed of 150 pairs of male lovers. The
The Sacred Band
Language: en
Pages: 544
Authors: David Anthony Durham
Categories: Fiction
Type: BOOK - Published: 2011-10-04 - Publisher: Anchor

With the first two books in the Acacia Trilogy, Acacia and The Other Lands, David Anthony Durham has created a vast and engrossing canvas of a world in turmoil, where the surviving children of a royal dynasty are on a quest to realize their fates—and perhaps right ancient wrongs once
The Sacred Band
Language: en
Pages: 570
Authors: Janet Morris, Chris Morris
Categories: Fiction
Type: BOOK - Published: 2010-06 - Publisher: Paradise Publishing

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The Sacred Band
Language: en
Pages: 170
Authors: Michael Hone
Categories: Fiction
Type: BOOK - Published: 2016-01-20 - Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

As in all my books, the crucible here will be the love between men and boys, the Sacred Band being the finest, the most concrete example in the entire history of not only Greece, but the world. Love as a means of education, the task of the man being the
The Sacred Band
Language: en
Pages: 320
Authors: James Romm
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2021-06-08 - Publisher: Simon and Schuster

From classicist James Romm comes a thrilling deep dive into the last decades of ancient Greek freedom leading up to Alexander the Great’s destruction of Thebes—and the saga of the greatest military corps of the age, the Theban Sacred Band, a unit composed of 150 pairs of male lovers. The

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