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Sculpture depicting the Sacred Band

The Story Of The Sacred Band

The gay lovers that defeated the Spartans

As a celebration of Pride month, I wanted to talk about one of the most formidable, but largely forgotten fighting forces in history — The Sacred Band, a 300 strong Theban force, made up entirely of 150 pairs of gay, male lovers. While their place in history may largely have been glossed over, we can still remember and acknowledge their…




Exploring History is a publication about history. Instead of focusing on any particular time period of history, we explore anything about the past that helps our readers understand the world they live in today. We pay special attention to historiographical rigor and balance.

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