The Spartans witnessed some terrible debacles on the battlefield, too as any great army that celebrated big victories.
During the battle of Tegyra that played away in 375 B.C., between Sparta and their Greek city-state rival Thebes, the Spartan troops numbering at minimum a lot of guys had been apparently battered by a little troop of just 300 males, referred to as Sacred Band of Thebes.
The clash unfolded near a shrine of Apollo in your community, in which the Sacred Band had been led by its then-leader Pelopidas. The thinly numbered males had been interestingly met because of the much larger Spartan unit, and also at very very very first, the problem seemed hopeless.
Mythological temple associated with the Greek god Apollo.
Nevertheless, Pelopidas ordered his cavalrymen going to an enemy’s exposed flank and grouped their hoplites in to a tightly loaded device development.
Bravely fighting, the Sacred Band seemed invincible. The Spartan was broken by them line, killing their frontrunner quickly.
Marble statue of the helmed hoplite (5th century BC), Archaeological Museum of Sparta, Greece. Picture by de:Benutzer:Ticinese CC BY-SA 3.0
Vulnerable and without guidance, the Spartans held back into permit the much smaller Theban force to leave intact.
But rather of escaping the battlefield, Pelopidas involved their guys an additional assault, as well as in a single move that is swift another hoard of enemy soldiers were disassembled.
Band of Thebes. Composite constructed sculpture of historical figure(s) reputed to have experienced a sex that is same. Picture by Pinkpasty CC with SA 4.0
It absolutely was a victory that is glorious and Pelopidas hired the Sacred Band for almost any armed forces campaign that then followed. Continue reading The ‘Army of Same-Sex Lovers’ that Ruled the Ancient Greek Battlefield