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Again, I do indeed deal with formal and institutionalized same-sex pairings or what I call after Sappho and Xenophon syzygies, but again I did not introduce this topic. As a result of her fame in antiquity, she and her land have become emblematic of love between women. The Thebans attributed to the Sacred Band the power of Thebes for the generation before its fall to Philip II of Macedonwho was so impressed with their bravery during battle, he erected a monument that still stands today on their gravesite. But there was a twist - these soldiers were in romantic pairings with one another Some Greek philosophers wrote on the subject of homosexuality in the military. He also gave a harsh criticism of the Spartan views of the band: However, many historians dispute the identity of the skeletons, theorizing that they may actually be Macedonians, not Thebans.

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Homosexuality in the militaries of ancient Greece

Some social constructionists have even gone so far as to deny that sexual preference was a significant category for the ancients or that any kind of subculture based on sexual object-choice existed in the ancient world," p. Plutarch, consistently with his heterosexual message, then goes on to tell how love also inspires women to great courage: Homer does not depict the relationship between Achilles and Patroclus as sexual. It is said that one of the most noble things is to give one's own life to save their lover. Honduras Brazil Chile Peru. Bryn Mawr Classical Commentaries.

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By century 19th century 20th century 21st century. Philip II of Macedon was so impressed with their bravery during the battle he erected a monument that still stands today on their gravesite. One of the prominent Greek military figures enjoying such a relationship was Epaminondasconsidered the greatest warrior-statesmen of ancient Thebes by many, including the Roman historian Diodorus Siculus. It is unclear how such relations between women were regarded in the general society, but examples do exist as far back as the time of Sappho. Australia New Zealand Nauru. Jewish Mormon 19th century 20th century 21th century.

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