Sacred Band of Thebes - Show Notes

In this episode of the podcast, we investigate whether a mysterious army of lovers known as the Sacred Band of Thebes really dominated Greece in the 4th century BCE. 


Professor David D. Leitao 

Professor Leitao is the Chair of the Classics Department at San Francisco State University and one of the world's leading experts in gender and sexuality in ancient Greece. He has published a variety of articles as well as a book on related subject matter. 


Greek Temple by Derek and Brandon Fiechter 

1st Stasimon from "Orestes" (used with permission from the Lyravlos Centre of Greek Musical Tradition)

Key Sources:

Parallel Lives, Plutarch

Symposium, Plato

Blog post: Did an Army of Lovers Really Dominate Ancient Greece?

Chapter 5: The Legend of the Sacred Band, The Sleep of Reason: Erotic Experience and Sexual Ethics in Ancient Greece