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Paul at Warlord Games Sponsoring Member of TMP of Warlord Games writes:

Introducing the Magnificent Theban Sacred Band!

Theban Sacred Band

Regarded as invincible throughout all of Ancient Greece, the Theban Sacred Band (or The Sacred Band of Thebes) were specially selected and trained elite soldiers of the Theban army in the 4th Century BC. A full band would consist of 150 pairs of male lovers.

Theban Sacred Band

Aged between 20 and 30, these 300 hand-picked men were chosen purely for ability and merit, regardless of social class. Each pair consisted of an older erastÍs (ἐραστής, "lover") and a younger erômenos (ἐρώμενος, "beloved") devoted to each other by mutual obligations of love (the "Sacred" appellation is claimed by Plutarch to be due to their exchange of sacred vows between lover and beloved at the shrine of Iolaus (one of the lovers of Hercules at Thebes). Their regular training included wrestling and dance, it's also quite likely equestrian training was provided.

Theban Sacred Band

The Sacred Band were originally used distributed among the front ranks of the phalanxes of regular infantry. In 375 BC, the command of the band was transferred to boeotarch Pelopidas, one of the original Theban exiles who had led the forces who recaptured Cadmea. Under Pelopidas, the Sacred Band was united as a single unit of shock troops. Their main function was to cripple the enemy by engaging and killing their best men and leaders in battle.

This pack contains eight metal foot figures.

Theban Sacred Band Command

The Sacred Band predominance began when led by the general Pelopidas, alongside Epaminondas who commanded the army of Thebes, in a crucial role where they were responsible for the defeat of the Spartans at the decisive Battle of Leuctra in 371 BC.

Theban Sacred Band Command

It was annihilated by Philip II, with his son Alexander, of Macedon in the Battle of Chaeronea in 338 BC. The decisive contest in which Philip II of Macedon extinguished Theban hegemony.

Battle of Leuctra map

As the Theban army and its allies broke and fled, the Sacred Band, although surrounded and overwhelmed, refused to surrender. They held their ground, all 300 fell where they stood beside their last commander, Theagenes.

Theban Sacred Band Command

This pack contains four metal foot figures.

Sacred Band of Thebes

Deploy your elite forces with this great value regiment set:

Sacred Band of Thebes

This pack contains 20 metal foot figures.

Theban Shield Designs

Don't fancy freehand painting those shield designs? No need to – this superb quality shield design sheet from Little Big Men Studios saves all that hassle!

Theban Shield Designs

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