Pansexuality in Sacred Bands

The Sacred Band of Thebes and our Sacred Band of Stepsons are pansexual units.  For them, sexuality is a behavior, not an identity.  These hand-picked troops are the most courageous and steadfast, the most talented; the most brave:  effeminacy is no part of Sacred Band behavior, nor was it tolerated in the time and world view of Plato.  Some in our Sacred Bands follow Plato’s vision of age-weighted male/male pairs.  Some also pair with those of the opposite sex.  Older men develop strong friendships; honor conditions all.  Their emotional commitment to the members of their unit and their duty raises them above those with a lesser ethos.  Of all who have read these books over twenty years, we have had one single complaint that we had no ‘glbt’ moment.  And we do not:  ancient sexuality differs to the politicized sexuality of today.  Sexuality is a part of these fighters’ lives, not the center of those lives.  Loyalty, commitment, honor and glory, herosim and excellence are what matters most in our Sacred Bands.  

We feel that this is a good place to explain that although passion abounds in the Sacred Band, their world view is very different from the outlook of some today. – jem


2 comments on “Pansexuality in Sacred Bands

  1. Bettina says:

    I found this very interesting: “For them, sexuality is a behavior, not an identity.”
    If I understand that correctly, this means that sexual orientation, being sexually active – or not – is not part of their definition as person, but rather the satisfaction of a bodily need?
    In what way does this change their dealing with sexuality (“moral issues” in particuar, I think) and does this change the way you as authors deal with that subject?


    • sacredbander says:

      Good questions, for any who have not read these books. Sexuality is a behavior for them. Morality is for them a much more serious issue, related to ethos and world view. Plato wrote extensively on the issue of love and what it meant, its octaves: Plato’s ‘divine friends’ concept comes into play here. Moderns often try to apply their current-day mores to ancient people. Part of the attraction for me in the Sacred Band tales is that the Sacred Band characters strive to be true to the Sacred Band Ethos, which is rooted more in constancy, loyalty, honor, and commitment — to partner, to unit, to their commander and to the Sacred Band standards.


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