The Sacred Band by James Romm audiobook

The Sacred Band: Three Hundred Theban Lovers Fighting to Save Greek Freedom

By James Romm

Simon & Schuster Audio 9781501198014

Unabridged

Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781797129235

  • ISBN: 9781797129228

Category: Nonfiction/History
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

From classicist James Romm comes a thrilling deep dive into the last decades of ancient Greek freedom leading up to Alexander the Great’s destruction of Thebes—and the saga of the greatest military corps of the age, the Theban Sacred Band, a unit composed of 150 pairs of male lovers.

The story of the Sacred Band, an elite 300-man corps recruited from pairs of lovers, highlights a chaotic era of ancient Greek history, four decades marked by battles, ideological disputes, and the rise of vicious strongmen. At stake was freedom, democracy, and the fate of Thebes, at this time the leading power of the Greek world.

The tale begins in 379 BC, with a group of Theban patriots sneaking into occupied Thebes. Disguised in women’s clothing, they cut down the agents of Sparta, the state that had cowed much of Greece with its military might. To counter the Spartans, this group of patriots would form the Sacred Band, a corps whose history plays out against a backdrop of Theban democracy, of desperate power struggles between leading city-states, and the new prominence of eros, sexual love, in Greek public life.

After four decades without a defeat, the Sacred Band was annihilated by the forces of Philip II of Macedon and his son Alexander in the Battle of Chaeronea—extinguishing Greek liberty for two thousand years. Buried on the battlefield where they fell, they were rediscovered in 1880—some skeletons still in pairs, with arms linked together.

From violent combat in city streets to massive clashes on open ground, from ruthless tyrants to bold women who held their era in thrall, The Sacred Band follows the twists and turns of a crucial historical moment: the end of the treasured freedom of ancient Greece.

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Author Bio: James Romm

Author Bio: James Romm

James Romm was born in 1958 in New York. After receiving his BA in Classics from Yale, he went on to earn a PhD from Princeton in 1988. He has taught Greek language, literature and history at Bard College since 1990.

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Available Formats : CD, Library CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Audience: Adult
Language: English