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  • In Plato's Symposium, Phaedrus says: And if there were only some way of contriving that a state or an army should be made up of lovers and their loves, they would be the very best governors of their own city, abstaining from all dishonour, and emulating one another in honour; and when fighting at each other's side, although a mere handful, they would overcome the world. For what lover would not choose rather to be seen by all mankind than by his beloved, either when abandoning his post or throwing away his arms? He would be ready to die a thousand deaths rather than endure this. Or who would desert his beloved or fail him in the hour of danger? Many believe that this suggestion was the basis for the formation of the Sacred Band of Thebes; others think that the date of the Symposium doesn't allow this position of Plato's to be the genesis of Gorgidas's formation of the Sacred Band of Thebes.

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