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The Theban Sacred Band: Defenders of Greek Freedom

David Balfour
Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(1)
In this 3-session class, you will learn about the history and significance of the Theban Sacred Band, an elite fighting unit made up of 150 pairs of male companions who freed Greece from Spartan domination and died defending Greek freedom.

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This class is taught in English.
In this class, you will learn about:
•	the history and significance of the Theban Sacred Band
•	the nature of ancient Greek warfare
•	the military and political history of Greece in the 4th century B.C.E.
•	great Theban generals such as Gorgidas, Pelopidas, and Epaminondas
•	critical battles including Tegyra, Leuctra, Mantinea, and Chaeronea
I am a progessional historian specializing in ancient and medieval history.  I have 40+ years of experience teaching at the college and high school levels.  I have done considerable research on the Theban Sacred Band, including on-site research in Greece, and I have published two articles on the topic.
The Sacred Band was a fighting unit made up of 150 pairs of male lovers.  The class will include a brief discussion of Greek sexual mores as they relate to the Sacred Band as well as a brief assessment of the Sacred Band's place in LGBTQ+ history.
Suggested Reading:
Buckler, John. The Theban Hegemony, 371-362 B.C. Cambridge, MA: Harvard, 1980.
Cartledge, Paul. Thebes: The Forgotten City of Ancient Greece.  London: Picador, 2020.
Cole, Myke.  The Bronze Lie: Shattering the Myth of Spartan Warrior Supremacy.  Oxford: Osprey, 2021.
Romm, James.  The Sacred Band: Three Hundred Theban Lovers Fighting to Save Greek Freedom.  New York: Scribner, 2021.
Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(1)
Hello, my name is David Balfour.  I am a lifelong educator with forty years of teaching experience at the high school and college levels.  I have a doctoral degree in medieval history from the University of Connecticut, and I have taught a wide... 
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weekly or $15 for 3 classes
1x per week, 3 weeks
60 min

Completed by 1 learner
Live video meetings
Ages: 15-18
3-12 learners per class

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