The Sacred Band of Thebes (Ancient Greek: Ἱερὸς Λόχος, Hieròs Lókhos) was a troop of picked soldiers, consisting of 150 pairs of male lovers which formed the elite force of the Theban army in the 4th century BC. It is said to have been organised by the Theban commander Gorgidas in 378 BC and to have played a crucial role in the Battle of Leuctra.

The Sacred Band of Thebes (Ancient Greek: Ἱερὸς Λόχος, Hieròs Lókhos) was a troop of picked soldiers, consisting of 150 pairs of male lovers which formed the elite force of the Theban army in the 4th century BC. It is said to have been organised by the Theban commander Gorgidas in 378 BC and to have played a crucial role in the Battle of Leuctra.

The Battle of Leuctra: Cleombrotus steadies the Spartan line as the Theban Sacred Band charges.

The Battle of Leuctra: Cleombrotus steadies the Spartan line as the Theban Sacred Band charges.

A game with the foregoing, the Sacred Band of Thebes finds its end at the hands of the Great during the Battle of Chaeronea,

A game with the foregoing, the Sacred Band of Thebes finds its end at the hands of the Great during the Battle of Chaeronea,

Sacred Band of Thebes—In the 4th century B.C., for a period of 50 years a small force of 300 elite Theban soldiers dominated Grecian battlefields. What makes this band of brothers unique in history is that it was comprised entirely of male lovers.

Sacred Band of Thebes—In the 4th century B.C., for a period of 50 years a small force of 300 elite Theban soldiers dominated Grecian battlefields. What makes this band of brothers unique in history is that it was comprised entirely of male lovers.

DID YOU KNOW...The Sacred Band was a troop of picked soldiers, consisting of 150 pairs of male lovers....

DID YOU KNOW...The Sacred Band was a troop of picked soldiers, consisting of 150 pairs of male lovers....

Sacred Band Of Stepsons Books: List of Books About Sacred Band Of Stepsons

Sacred Band Of Stepsons Books: List of Books About Sacred Band Of Stepsons

The Sacred Band of Thebes, What Monkees Do With Money and More, in Yet Another 10 Quick Facts

The Sacred Band of Thebes, What Monkees Do With Money and More, in Yet Another 10 Quick Facts

Weeks 3-5......"Plutarch's Lives of the Noble Greeks and Romans".    Parallel Lives - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Weeks 3-5......"Plutarch's Lives of the Noble Greeks and Romans". Parallel Lives - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Sacred Band of Thebes was an army of 300 men... - factsie

The Sacred Band of Thebes was an army of 300 men... - factsie

AUG. 20   the  Religion of Antinous  commemorates the  Sacred Band of Thebes , the  Army of Gay Lovers  whose courage and valour have ech...

AUG. 20 the Religion of Antinous commemorates the Sacred Band of Thebes , the Army of Gay Lovers whose courage and valour have ech...

Thebes, from the north - on the site of ancient glory and power, Greece, 1903.

Thebes, from the north - on the site of ancient glory and power, Greece, 1903.

The Thebans. Their Sacred Band was one of the premiere fighting groups in all of Greece. Thebes was a bitter enemy of Athens for most of its history, but at times would be at odds with Sparta. Shockingly, in 371 BC, the Thebans, led by the great General Epaminondas, defeated the Spartans at the Battle of Leuktra. This would usher in the decline of Spartan power and prestige.

The Thebans. Their Sacred Band was one of the premiere fighting groups in all of Greece. Thebes was a bitter enemy of Athens for most of its history, but at times would be at odds with Sparta. Shockingly, in 371 BC, the Thebans, led by the great General Epaminondas, defeated the Spartans at the Battle of Leuktra. This would usher in the decline of Spartan power and prestige.

The Rise and Fall of the Sacred Band of Thebes - All Romance Ebooks

The Rise and Fall of the Sacred Band of Thebes - All Romance Ebooks

The lion monument to the Sacred Band of Thebes, an army of 150 pairs of male lovers, at Chaeronea, built in 300 BC. All died in the Battle of Chaeronea at the hands of Philip II of Macedonia, and in the last century, 256 bodies were excavated at the site.

The lion monument to the Sacred Band of Thebes, an army of 150 pairs of male lovers, at Chaeronea, built in 300 BC. All died in the Battle of Chaeronea at the hands of Philip II of Macedonia, and in the last century, 256 bodies were excavated at the site.

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