Friday, December 05, 2008

The Most Amazing Thing...

I just read the most amazing story about a group of soldiers called "The Sacred Band of Thebes", who were an elite force in the Theban Army of ancient Greece. The photo is of a statue erected in honor of the Band. It is called "The Lion of Chaeronea".

To whit (from Wikipedia):

Plutarch records that the Sacred Band consisted of 150 homosexual couples, the rationale being that lovers could fight more fiercely and cohesively than strangers with no ardent bonds. According to Plutarch's Life of Pelopidas[2]), the inspiration for the Band's formation came from Plato's Symposium, wherein the character Phaedrus remarks,

And if there were only some way of contriving that a state or an army should be made up of lovers and their loves, they would be the very best governors of their own city, abstaining from all dishonour, and emulating one another in honour; and when fighting at each other's side, although a mere handful, they would overcome the world. For what lover would not choose rather to be seen by all mankind than by his beloved, either when abandoning his post or throwing away his arms? He would be ready to die a thousand deaths rather than endure this. Or who would desert his beloved or fail him in the hour of danger?


The Sacred Band originally was formed of picked men in couples, each lover and beloved selected from the ranks of the existing Theban citizen-army. The pairs consisted of the older "heniochoi", or charioteers, and the younger "paraibatai", or companions, who were all housed and trained at the city's expense.[4] During their early engagements, in an attempt to bolster general morale, they were dispersed by Gorgidas throughout the front ranks of the Theban army.

After the Theban general Pelopidas recaptured the acropolis of Thebes in 379 BC, he assumed command of the Sacred Band, in which he fought alongside his good friend Epaminondas. It was Pelopidas who formed these couples into a distinct unit: he "never separated or scattered them, but would stand [them with himself in] the brunt of battle, using them as one body."[5] They became, in effect, the "crack" force of Greek soldiery[6], and the forty years of their known existence (378–338 BC) marked the pre-eminence of Thebes as a military and political power in late-classical Greece.

The Sacred Band under Pelopidas fought the Spartans[7] at Tegyra in 375 BC, vanquishing an army that was at least three times its size. It was also responsible for the victory at Leuctra in 371 BC, called by Pausanias the most decisive battle ever fought by Greeks against Greeks. Leuctra established Theban independence from Spartan rule and laid the groundwork for the expansion of Theban power, but possibly also for Philip II's eventual victory.

Read more here

And "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" still rules in our armed forces. Fools!

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

"Standing Head"

This is, in the parlance of the newspaper biz, a headline that they keep handy as it is used so often. So without further ado... a Standing Head and the story:

"Christian School Official Arrested For Soliciting Gay Sex From Undercover Policeman"

From The Enquirer in Cincinnati

Cincinnati Christian University’s chief financial officer entered a written plea of not guilty Monday after he was arrested Saturday in Mount Airy Forest and charged with sexual imposition.

Robert Williams, 52, of Independence, was arrested at 9:23 a.m., accused of getting into a man’s car and touching his genitals. The man was an undercover officer.

The university placed Williams on administrative leave while officials there assess the facts of the case, according to a statement from the university.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Very Proud Of Husband Today

Mr. B has done a video for the Cape Cod Times about Alzheimer's Disease and they have posted it on their web site. There is also an extensive article (click here) on the CC Times site. Please go and look at it. it is a terrific presentation.