Download or read book The Sacred Band written by Janet Morris and published by Paradise Publishing. This book was released on 2010-06-10 with total page 569 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt:
Download or read book The Sacred Band written by James Romm and published by Simon and Schuster. This book was released on 2022-06-21 with total page 320 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: From classicist James Romm comes a “striking…fascinating” (Booklist) deep dive into the last decades of ancient Greek freedom leading up to Alexander the Great’s destruction of Thebes—and the saga of the greatest military corps of the time, the Theban Sacred Band, a unit composed of 150 pairs of male lovers. The story of the Sacred Band, an elite 300-man corps recruited from pairs of lovers, highlights a chaotic era of ancient Greek history, four decades marked by battles, ideological disputes, and the rise of vicious strongmen. At stake was freedom, democracy, and the fate of Thebes, at this time the leading power of the Greek world. The tale begins in 379 BC, with a group of Theban patriots sneaking into occupied Thebes. Disguised in women’s clothing, they cut down the agents of Sparta, the state that had cowed much of Greece with its military might. To counter the Spartans, this group of patriots would form the Sacred Band, a corps whose history plays out against a backdrop of Theban democracy, of desperate power struggles between leading city-states, and the new prominence of eros, sexual love, in Greek public life. After four decades without a defeat, the Sacred Band was annihilated by the forces of Philip II of Macedon and his son Alexander in the Battle of Chaeronea—extinguishing Greek liberty for two thousand years. Buried on the battlefield where they fell, they were rediscovered in 1880—some skeletons still in pairs, with arms linked together. From violent combat in city streets to massive clashes on open ground, from ruthless tyrants to bold women who held their era in thrall, The Sacred Band recounts “in fluent, accessible prose” (The Wall Street Journal) the twists and turns of a crucial historical moment: the end of the treasured freedom of ancient Greece.
Download or read book The Sacred Band written by James MacTavish and published by AuthorHouse. This book was released on 2022-07-11 with total page 229 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: A new empire is dawning in the United States of America as the sun sets on Britain. Lady Morgan Worthington - Morgan le Fay - begins the rise of a great nation through the Palladium, the birth of empires. Her six faithful White Dragon Knights seek to build on its success, but the ever-resilient Red Dragon, led by the bloodline of Sir Galahad and operating within the 'Secret Six', mobilise once more with the power of Excalibur to break the bloodshed. The wielder of the fabled King's Blade, the line of Sir Bedivere, finds itself torn in the development of the American Civil War, between loyalties to a Confederate family and a true love of one persecuted in the State of South Carolina...a friction that could sway the tides of battle. The Sacred Band of male paired lovers remain loyal to the cause of the Red Dragon and duty to protect the Palladium once held within the walls of Ancient Thebes. A new challenge comes their way as tensions rise over race and creed, their leader and his partner brought into conflict for the rights of slaves and their own futures within a nation where all are declared equal.
Download or read book The Sacred Band Severance written by James MacTavish and published by AuthorHouse. This book was released on 2021-08-10 with total page 215 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Eight years have passed since the events of the Trinity and the remaining descendants of the Round Table of Knights are working in harmony with The Sacred Band warriors - led by Adam Allen. However, a new threat the likes of which neither the Knights or The Sacred Band have seen before rises...a deadly virus that appears highly selective in its victims is spreading rapidly acorss the world akin to a modern Black Death. At its head are the children of Queen Niobe, legendary rulers of the Ancient House of Thebes and with a vendetta against their Gods and humanity itself
Download or read book The Sacred Band Destiny written by James MacTavish and published by AuthorHouse. This book was released on 2021-08-10 with total page 224 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The fires of war begin to burn again in Germany as the Third Reich look to forge an empire the likes the world has never seen. Lady Morgan Worthington and the Knights of the White Dragon arrive to assist the Nazi Regime with the power of the Palladium as they have done for centuries, only this time finding the ultimate despot who will seemingly stop at nothing to achieve his goal. Their rivals, the Knights of the Red Dragon, led by British Government Official Todd Allen, born of the Sir Galahad bloodline and Camille Rochelle, a French Resistance soldier born of the Sir Gawain bloodline, must challenge the surge of hate spreading across Europe...but a vital ally in World War I veteran Ben Benson of the Sir Bedivere bloodline faces a more personal challenge of his own. The Sacred Band of one-hundred and fifty male lovers fight to prevent the Palladium and cursed Necklace of Harmonia once again reigning terror upon the innocents caught in their infinite cycle of destruction, the oath their ancestors swore upon in Ancient Thebes. But with so many of their kind targeted by ruthless schemes of persecution, the allies to the Red Dragon wear thin. Adam Drobinski, a Polish fighter pilot and Concentration Camp escapee flees to the safety of Britain and discovers what he long considered a weakness in his sexuality to be his greatest strength in desperate times. Through the secret workings of Bletchley Park and cryptographers united in stalling the Nazi advance, messages are received relating to another precious relic, not of the infamous Trinity, that might just be fuelling the Third Reich's success.
Download or read book The Sacred Band Trinity written by James MacTavish and published by AuthorHouse. This book was released on 2021-03-29 with total page 146 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The Sacred Band Trinity concludes with the remaining Red Dragon members in a race against time to prevent Lady Morgan Worthington and her White Dragon acolytes fulfilling an ancient prophecy that would reshape the world. Luke Allen possesses the fabled blade of Excalibur, but must understand its true nature in order to wield it, whereas younger brother Adam conflicted by grief and duty as a Sacred Band warrior. The mysteries of King Arthur and the Round Table unfold before them both, and to prevent centuries worth of history repeating once more, they and their allies must stand and confront the power of the Trinity - the foundation of many faiths - and be prepared to do whatever is necessary to protect those they love. Even if this means making the ultimate sacrifices.
Download or read book The Sacred Band written by Michael Hone and published by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform. This book was released on 2016-01-20 with total page 170 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: As in all my books, the crucible here will be the love between men and boys, the Sacred Band being the finest, the most concrete example in the entire history of not only Greece, but the world. Love as a means of education, the task of the man being the betterment of his belovèd, standing loyally by his side, instructing him in the ways of men which are the ways of survival. A step-by-step apprenticeship, the end result the inculcation of courage so strong that, when captured, a lover begged the enemy to spear him in the chest and not the back, so his belovèd would not blush when he found the body. The man would have a daily story for the lad, that of the most glorious battles of them all, the Trojan War, eternal Marathon and Thermopylae, a suicide pact between friends, many of whom were lovers, all of whom died so that we, today, live free. This fully-illustrated book is an in-depth study that far exceeds the bounds of the Sacred Band, and encompasses the full history of Athens and Athenian lives, Sparta and its militaristic destiny, the historiography of Persia from its first king, Cyrus the Great, to its very last: the Great Alexander. There is not a single chapter on the love between men and boys, but let there be no doubt that such is the constant leitmotif from beginning to end, for it was the motor of Ancient Greece, beginning with hallowed Homer and the equally hallowed Achilles and Patroclus, and ending with Alexander and Hephaestion. And should the reader think I exaggerate the sexual aspect of Greek lives, Arrian claims that this is what Alexander himself said: "Sex and sleep alone make me conscious that I am mortal." I'm so convinced that this is the best book on the Sacred Band, and am so eager to have it read, that I'm offering it at the lowest price permitted by the editors.
Download or read book The Sleep of Reason written by Martha C. Nussbaum and published by University of Chicago Press. This book was released on 2002-07 with total page 466 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Sex is beyond reason, and yet we constantly reason about it. So, too, did the peoples of ancient Greece and Rome. This work looks at how erotic experience is understood in classical texts, and what ethical and philosophical arguments are made about sex.
Download or read book Homosexuality and Civilization written by Louis Crompton and published by Harvard University Press. This book was released on 2009-07 with total page 652 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: How have major civilizations of the last two millennia treated people who were attracted to their own sex? In a narrative tour de force, Louis Crompton chronicles the lives and achievements of homosexual men and women alongside a darker history of persecution, as he compares the Christian West with the cultures of ancient Greece and Rome, Arab Spain, imperial China, and pre-Meiji Japan. Ancient Greek culture celebrated same-sex love in history, literature, and art, making high claims for its moral influence. By contrast, Jewish religious leaders in the sixth century B.C.E. branded male homosexuality as a capital offense and, later, blamed it for the destruction of the biblical city of Sodom. When these two traditions collided in Christian Rome during the late empire, the tragic repercussions were felt throughout Europe and the New World. Louis Crompton traces Church-inspired mutilation, torture, and burning of sodomites in sixth-century Byzantium, medieval France, Renaissance Italy, and in Spain under the Inquisition. But Protestant authorities were equally committed to the execution of homosexuals in the Netherlands, Calvin's Geneva, and Georgian England. The root cause was religious superstition, abetted by political ambition and sheer greed. Yet from this cauldron of fears and desires, homoerotic themes surfaced in the art of the Renaissance masters--Donatello, Leonardo, Michelangelo, Sodoma, Cellini, and Caravaggio--often intertwined with Christian motifs. Homosexuality also flourished in the court intrigues of Henry III of France, Queen Christina of Sweden, James I and William III of England, Queen Anne, and Frederick the Great. Anti-homosexual atrocities committed in the West contrast starkly with the more tolerant traditions of pre-modern China and Japan, as revealed in poetry, fiction, and art and in the lives of emperors, shoguns, Buddhist priests, scholars, and actors. In the samurai tradition of Japan, Crompton makes clear, the celebration of same-sex love rivaled that of ancient Greece. Sweeping in scope, elegantly crafted, and lavishly illustrated, Homosexuality and Civilization is a stunning exploration of a rich and terrible past.
Download or read book The Sacred Band written by David Anthony Durham and published by Anchor. This book was released on 2011-10-04 with total page 563 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: With the first two books in the Acacia Trilogy, Acacia and The Other Lands, David Anthony Durham has created a vast and engrossing canvas of a world in turmoil, where the surviving children of a royal dynasty are on a quest to realize their fates—and perhaps right ancient wrongs once and for all. As The Sacred Band begins, one of them, Queen Corinn, bestrides the world as a result of her mastery of spells found in the ancient Book of Elenet. Her younger brother, Dariel, has been sent on a perilous mission to the Other Lands, while her sister, Mena, travels to the far north to confront an invasion of the feared race of the Auldek. Their separate trajectories will converge in a series of world-shaping, earth-shattering battles, all rendered with vividly imagined detail and in heroic scale. David Anthony Durham concludes his tale of kingdoms in collision in an exciting fashion. His fictional world is at once realistic and fantastic, informed with an eloquent and distinctively Shakespearean sensibility.
Download or read book The Sacred Band written by Ernie Trory and published by . This book was released on 1946 with total page 128 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt:
Download or read book A Band of Lovers written by Graeme O'May and published by Bookbaby. This book was released on 2021-08-10 with total page 300 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The Sacred Band, an elite infantry unit of the Ancient Greek city of Thebes, was the most capable fighting force of its time. Uniquely, it comprised 150 male-male couples. Formed in the aftermath of Thebes' liberation from Spartan occupation in early 378 BCE, the Sacred Band inflicted on the Spartans their first-ever defeat by a numerically inferior force at the battle of Tegyra in 375 BCE and was instrumental in Thebes' astonishing victory at the epoch-making battle of Leuctra four years later. Subsequently, the Sacred Band spearheaded the liberation of the long-enslaved helots and in so doing ended the power of Sparta forever, simultaneously raising Thebes to hegemonic status. In existence for a mere forty years, the Sacred Band was ultimately wiped out by Philip II of Macedonia, a military genius and father to Alexander the Great, at the battle of Chaeronea in 338 BCE. When defeat became inevitable, the men of the Sacred Band stood their ground, with their lives buying time enough for their comrades to escape and live on. After the battle, Philip, who'd lived in Thebes in the 360s, ordered the building of a monument to the men of the Sacred Band; the Lion of Chaeronea stands guard over their tomb to this day. A Band of Lovers tells the story--the valor and accomplishments--of the Sacred Band of Thebes, a story that helped me overcome shame and finally accept my identity as a gay man.
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Download or read book The Rise And Fall of the Sacred Band of Thebes written by G. Hauser and published by Publishamerica Incorporated. This book was released on 2005-07-01 with total page 267 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: In the year 338 BC on the plain of Chaeronea, a war was fought between the allied armies of Thebes and Athens against the might of Macedon, ruled by King Philip and his son Alexander the Great. In that bloody battle, Thebes was defeated and lost almost every man of its exclusive fighting force called the Sacred Band. Nikanoras, born the only son of an aristocrat, is sent to train with a mentor and find a male lover in order to be selected to serve with the Sacred Band of Thebes. Unknown to Nikanoras, his mentor holds a treacherous secret over his father and is in love with his mother. After Nikanoras is sent away to training, his mother and mentor kill his father and hope Nikanoras will die in war. Throughout the murderous intrigue, Nikanoras one saving grace is his loverbeautiful Meleagros, the only thing in his life that is stable. Together they face their destinyto live or die in battle.
Download or read book Leonidas and the Kings of Sparta written by Alfred S. Bradford and published by Bloomsbury Publishing USA. This book was released on 2011-10-17 with total page 281 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This pivotal history of the kings of Sparta not only describes their critical leadership in war, but also documents the waxing and waning of their social, political, and religious powers in the Spartan state. The Spartans have seemingly never gone out of interest, serving as mythic icons who exemplify fearlessness and an unwillingness to give in against impossible odds. Yet most are unaware of the true nature of the Spartan leaders—the fact that the kings maintained their position of power for 600 years by their willingness to compromise, even if it meant giving up some of their power, for example. Organized in a logical and chronological order, Leonidas and the Kings of Sparta: Mightiest Warriors, Fairest Kingdom describes the legendary origins of the dual kingship in Sparta, documents the many reigning eras of the kings, and then concludes with the time when the kingship was abolished six centuries later. The book examines the kings' roles in war and battle, in religion, in the social life of the city, and in formulating Spartan policy both at home and abroad. No other book on Sparta has concentrated on describing the role of the kings—and their absolutely essential contributions to Spartan society in general.
Download or read book The Treasury of David written by Charles Haddon Spurgeon and published by . This book was released on 1882 with total page 492 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt:
Download or read book Lion s Legacy written by L. C. Rosen and published by Union Square & Co.. This book was released on 2023-05-02 with total page 230 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Seventeen-year-old Tennessee Russo’s life is imploding. His boyfriend has been cheating on him, and all his friends know about it. Worse, they expect him to just accept his ex’s new relationship and make nice. So when his father, a famous archaeologist and reality show celebrity whom he hasn’t seen in two years, shows up unexpectedly and offers to take him on an adventure, Tennessee only has a few choices: 1. Stay, mope, regret it forever. 2. Go, try to reconcile with Dad, become his sidekick again. 3. Go, but make it his adventure, and Dad will be the sidekick. The object of his father’s latest quest, the Rings of the Sacred Band of Thebes, is too enticing to say no to. Finding artifacts related to the troop of ancient Greek soldiers, composed of one-hundred-and-fifty gay couples, means navigating ruins, deciphering ancient mysteries, and maybe meeting a cute boy. But will his dad let Tennessee do the right thing with the rings if they find them? And what is the right thing? Who does queer history belong to? Against the backdrop of a sunlit Greek landscape, author L. C. Rosen masterfully weaves together adventure, romance, and magic in a celebration of the power of claiming your queer legacy.