The Sacred Band of Stepsons is a fictional ancient cavalry unit created by Janet Morris in the 20th century. The Sacred Band of Stepsons is based on the historical Sacred Band of Thebes, an elite strike force of paired lovers and friends that flourished during the fourth century BCE in ancient Greece, where sexuality was a behavior, not an identity. The Sacred Band of Stepsons series of fantasy novels and stories take place in a mythic milieu that mixes historical places, warriors and ancient gods with fantasy and philosophy. The exploits of the Stepsons are chronicled in twenty-eight short stories and eight novels (as of 2012). In a fantasy context, this series explores the Sacred Band Ethos, honor and loyalty, good and evil, ancient warfare, passion and sexuality.
The Sacred Band of Stepsons is led by an immortalized warrior-philosopher, Tempus. Through this series of stories, readers can ride with the Band as it is formed and grows strong, In “The Sacred Band,” Tempus and his Stepsons rescue forty-six from the doomed Sacred Band of Thebes, and together the men and women, boys and girls of Tempus’s cadre face battles to test the soul.
This page is for the Sacred Band’s readers, faithful over so many years. Comments about story or current events or changes in the way we see the world are all welcome. This is your page, Sacred Banders. Use it. Here you can talk to the authors, or Tempus or Niko or any of the Band. Life to you and everlasting glory….