THE SACRED BAND OF THEBES
“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.” – Plutarch – Parallel Lives
Thus was the motivation for the Sacred Band of Thebes, an elite Greek fighting force of 150 pairs of homosexual lovers. For forty years, from their creation in 378 B.C.E, until the gallant end on the blood-drenched field of Chaeronea, in 338, B.C.E, at the hands of King Philip II of Macedon and his son Alexander, later to be known as Alexander the Great, they were considered the fiercest fighting force ever created. Even at the end, when the rest of the army, faced with overwhelming forces fled, the Sacred Band held their ground, dying where they stood. Upon seeing their lifeless bodies mingled one upon another and learning that this was the band of lovers, King Philip said, “Perish miserably they who think that these men did or suffered aught disgraceful!” He then proceeded to bury their bodies with honor, erecting the Lion of Chaeronea over them, a monument that stands to this day.
This is the story that “The Sacred Band of Thebes” through the eyes of Androkles and Kallistos will tell. Best of friends, they were taken from their village at the age of seven, their mother’s slaughtered in front of them, to be trained by Ophion, the leader of the Thebes, to be both fierce warriors toward the outside world, and willing lovers to those of Sacred Band.
The Sacred Band of Thebes is due out in 2020.