The All-Gay Army: Ancient Greece’s Sacred Band of Thebes: An Interview with James Romm

The Sacred Band of Thebes, comprised entirely of gay male lovers, was Ancient Greece’s original response to the gays in the military question. What was that like? How did it function? And what was its lasting legacy? That’s what we’re going to find out today, just in time for Pride Month. Here to help us do it is classicist James Romm, author of The Sacred Band: Three Hundred Theban Lovers Fighting to Save Greek Freedom.

By the way, the New Yorker article referenced in the episode is “Ancient Greece’s Army of Lovers” by Daniel Mendelsohn.

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Mendelsohn, Daniel. “Ancient Greece’s Army of Lovers.” The New Yorker. April 29, 2021. Retrieved Jun 6, 2021, from:

Romm, James. The Sacred Band: Three Hundred Theban Lovers Fighting to Save Greek Freedom. New York, NY: Scribner, 2021.

Audio Credits

Additional music and audio from:

Battle of Gaugamela – Alexander Film – Phalanx Marching” from KidUKnott

Horse Galloping Sound Effect” from wdylj

Ancient Power of Serpents” by Kevin MacLeod

Batman 1966 Original Theatrical Trailer” from Cinematica Virtual

300 Official Trailer” from Warner Bros Pictures

Large Group of Soldiers Fighting with Swords and Yelling” and other videos in the Medieval Sound Effects series from Sound Ideas – Topic

Lamentation” by Kevin MacLeod

Image Credits

From the cover of The Sacred Band, by James Romm.

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