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Saturday, June 16, 2007

The Sacred Band of Thebes.

This is coolbert:

From that same article:

"Gay Bomb: Story Behind The Story"

This question is asked:

"P.S. Do gay units really have bad discipline? History suggests otherwise"

And a link to this web site:

"The Sacred Band of Thebes"

The Sacred Band of three hundred Thebans, LINKED TO ONE ANOTHER BY AFFECTION!!??

According to the ancients:

"from Plutarch, Life of Pelopidas"

"a band cemented by friendship grounded upon love is never to be broken, and invincible; since the lovers, ashamed to be base in sight of their beloved, and the beloved before their lovers, willingly rush into danger for the relief of one another."

Fought as a unit [battalion] at Chaeronea, EVERY LAST MAN EITHER KILLED, WOUNDED, OR CAPTURED.

"the Sacred Band, though surrounded and overwhelmed, refused to surrender. They held their ground and fell where they stood."

"Though Plutarch claims that all three hundred died that day, other writers claim that two hundred and fifty-four died and all the rest were wounded. That claim was substantiated upon the excavation of their communal grave at Chaeronea in the early 1800s in which two hundred and fifty-four skeletons were found, arranged in seven rows."

"never beaten till the battle at Chaeronea: and when Philip [the father of Alexander the Great], after the fight, took a view of the slain, and came to the place where the three hundred [the Sacred Band] that fought his phalanx lay dead together, he wondered, and understanding that it was the band of lovers, he shed tears"

As a unit, fought very well:

"keeping them entire, and as one man, gave them the first duty in the greatest battles . . . brave men, provoking one another to noble actions, would prove most serviceable, and most resolute, where all were united together."



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