As any great army that celebrated big victories, the Spartans witnessed some terrible debacles in the battlefield, too.
The Spartan troops numbering at least a thousand men were reportedly battered by a small troop of merely 300 men, known as the Sacred Band of Thebes at the battle of Tegyra that played out in 375 B.C., between Sparta and their Greek city-state rival Thebes.
The clash unfolded near a shrine of Apollo in your community, where in fact the Sacred Band ended up being led by its then-leader Pelopidas. The thinly numbered guys had been interestingly met by the much larger Spartan unit, as well as very first, the problem seemed hopeless.
Mythological temple associated with the Greek god Apollo.
Nonetheless, Pelopidas ordered their cavalrymen going to an enemy’s exposed flank and grouped their hoplites into a tightly loaded device development.
Bravely fighting, the Sacred Band seemed invincible. They broke the Spartan line, killing their frontrunner in short order.
Marble statue of the helmed hoplite (5th century BC), Archaeological Museum of Sparta, Greece. Continue reading «The ‘Army of Same-Sex Lovers’ that Ruled the Ancient Greek Battlefield»