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originally posted by: TacticalStats
a reply to: JoshuaCox
I'll give two theories. The first thing I noticed is that the bulk of your leaders are from the Peloponnesian peninsula which from what I have researched didn't discriminate as much against same sex coupling. The other one which I am only guessing on is that if one were to take a lifestyle including a lifetime of marching far from home with nothing but the company of your fellow man that choice is similar to priesthood albeit much more violent. My guess is that this choice tends to have unspoken leanings towards that sort of behavior.
originally posted by: ketsuko
a reply to: JoshuaCox
Gay or just having sex?
By the measure of the Spartans, then most of the men of Pakistan are apparently gay too, and we all know how Islam feels about that.
There is a difference between cultural views on sex and actually thinking that men are your preferred and only romantic partners.
And at the heart of all that sword-swinging drunken street brawl mother#ing mayhem stood two of the most famous warriors in the history of Peru – Dona Ana Lezama de Urinza and Dona Eustaquia de Sonza, the flamboyant lesbian lover vigilante swordswoman duelists who traveled the land like cowboy Batgirls honing their swordfighting skills against any mother#ers dumb enough to try and # with them.
originally posted by: GodEmperor
They also partook in bestiality.
Wouldn't really consider raping and pillaging to be all that heroic.
Most of the royal lineages had some genetic problems, due to all the incestuous breeding.
According to Plutarch, the 300 hand-picked men were chosen by Gorgidas purely for ability and merit, regardless of social class. It was composed of 150 male couples, each pair consisting of an older erastês (ἐραστής, "lover") and a younger erômenos (ἐρώμενος, "beloved"). Athenaeus of Naucratis also records the Sacred Band as being composed of "lovers and their favorites, thus indicating the dignity of the god Eros in that they embrace a glorious death in preference to a dishonorable and reprehensible life"; while Polyaenus describes the Sacred Band as being composed of men "devoted to each other by mutual obligations of love". The origin of the "sacred" appellation of the Sacred Band is unexplained by Dinarchus and other historians. But Plutarch claims that it was due to an exchange of sacred vows between lover and beloved at the shrine of Iolaus (one of the lovers of Hercules) at Thebes. He also tangentially mentions Plato's characterization of the lover as a "friend inspired of God".
originally posted by: Bspiracy
What makes a good ruler, politician, or businessman resides in the fact that they have something "different" about them ..
originally posted by: JoshuaCox
I've been on a romp through military history lately and noticed a reoccurring motif in far more stories than you might think. ..
There are a startling amount of homo/bi sexual military hero's..
Now I'm not saying that the average military tuff guy was gay, but the percent that was is staggeringly high.
I mean what?!?
Only like 2% or 3% of the male population is homosexual right??
Well then why are (off the top of my head) 20% of the world's best warriors and military commanders gay??
Shouldn't it be 3% just like the population average??
Just about every single spartan.
A big chunk of athenians.
The thebian couple warriors
Phillip of Macedonia
Alexander the Great.
Lawrence of Arabia
Willhelm Von stubene
Hadrian (of wall fame)
Fredrick the great
Richard the lion heart
And those are just off the top of my head, but it's a who's who of some of the toughest and most strategic military figures in human history?!?!
Kinda puts don't ask don't tell in a different light lol.