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LGBT History: Sacred Band of Thebes
The question whether homosexuals make good soldiers has been a controversial issue in many Western countries in the twentieth century. In the United States gays' right to serve had sparked a heated debate on a national scale, recently resolved in favor of a controversial 'don't tell' policy which allows gays and lesbians to enlist provided they do not divulge their sexual orientation.
If you ever run into anyone who gives you a mouthful of right-wing nonsense about how gays shouldn't serve in the military, or protests that gays have never been allowed to openly serve in the military, tell them about the OTHER 300. Not the soldiers at Thermopylae celebrated in the movie "The 300," but another group equally deserving of attention. Known as "The Sacred Band of Thebes," these 300 gay men (150 couples) were recruited to form an elite band of soldiers, known for their bravery and devotion. It's a fascinating and often-overlooked morsel of history.
The Sacred Band of three hundred young lovers from Thebes. As a group cemented by friendship and love it was invincible. From 378 BC to 348 BC they were extremely successful in battle and highly revered. The idea was that if you fought alongside your boyfriend you would be inspired to greater heroism, wanting to impress him. The Theban lawgivers deliberately gave great encouragement to these friendships to soften the wildness of character of their youth. Beloveds and lovers swore pledges of loyalty at the tomb of Iolaus (Hercules lover) which is located within his cult precinct at Thebes. It is therefore natural that Thebes’ band was called "sacred," just as Plato referred to the lover as a "divinely-inspired friend."
This undefeated elite battalion, was destroyed by the forces of Philip
II of Macedon at the Battle of Chaeronea. When Philip, surveying the casualties after the battle, stood at that place where the 300 chanced to lie dead, men who had faced the Macedonian long spears and were now a jumble of bodies and armor, he was struck with admiration. And when he learned that this was the band of lovers and beloveds, he wept and exclaimed, "May utter destruction fall upon those who suppose these men died or suffered anything disgraceful!"
Slavery had a long history in the ancient world and was practiced in Ancient Egypt and Greece, as well as Rome. Most slaves during the Roman Empire were foreigners and, unlike in modern times, Roman slavery was not based on race.
Slaves were considered property under Roman law and had no legal personhood. Unlike Roman citizens, they could be subjected to corporal punishment, sexual exploitation (prostitutes were often slaves), torture, and summary execution. The testimony of a slave could not be accepted in a court of law unless the slave was tortured—a practice based on the belief that slaves in a position to be privy to their masters' affairs would be too virtuously loyal to reveal damaging evidence unless coerced (yeah right). Over time, however, slaves gained increased legal protection, including the right to file complaints against their masters.
How did people become Roman Slaves?
People became slaves among the Romans by the following ways:
we from being happily accept in society to being hate and have to fight for
equality? Let start begin in the ancient world work our way to the source of
the problem. The
Ancient Greece "The
noble lover of beauty engages in love wherever he sees excellence and splendid natural
endowment without regard for any difference in physiological detail." -
Plutarch The ancient
Greeks are widely known for their gay exploits. Many people are aware of
Greek homosexual love poetry, the same-sex relations of Greek gods and heroes,
and the gay relationship between Alexander the Great and Hephaestion. It
is important in the beginning to define our vocabulary. The term
’homosexuality’ as it is used and understood today is not mainly applicable to
Greek of ancient times for three reasons: First of all, most Greeks were
bisexual. Second, homosexuality and 'gay' as sexual identities are recent
developments. They were emerged only in the 2Oth Century (our idea of what it
means to be gay…
Out treatment of homosexuality- and not only that- is fundamentally different, from how it was looked upon in the Ancient World, and we fail to grasp its importance and its role in society fully. I would say that ancient societies were a bit more free, at least they didn't consider the gender of your partner such a great deal. But then again this doesn't mean there were no limitations or restrictions, on the contrary. It was mostly a structured thing happening between people belonging to different social classes and age groups. And there were many regional variations as well. Here many culture that document homosexuality in their record. Please note that this NOT a complete list just some.
An ostraca dating from the Ramesside Period have been found
which depict hastily drawn images of homosexual as well as heterosexual sex.
The duo Khnumhotep and Niankhkhnum, manicurists in the Palace of King Niuserre
during the Fifth Dynasty of Egyptian pharaohs, circa 2400 BC…