The Sacred Band Of Thebes: An Army Of 300 Gay Lovers

By Karen Harris
Symposium scene, ca 480-490 BC, decorative fresco from the north wall of the Tomb of the Diver at Paestum, in what is now Italy. Source: (Museo Archeologico Nazionale, Archaeological Museum) (Photo by DeAgostini/Getty Images)

In ancient Greece, much like modern-day San Francisco, homosexuality was an accepted part of life. Homosexual couples often exhibited such devotion to each other that Plato proposed the formation of an army unit composed entirely of gay couples. "Don't ask, don't tell" was definitely not a policy for this army. Here is the story of ancient Greece's Sacred Band of Thebes, an army of gay partners.