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(410 - 364 BC) Greece


Theban warrior


Pelopidas, the son of Hippoclus, was born into a prominent family of Thebes. He inherited a large fortune when he was young, and he used it to help the good and deserving among the poor. He could never persuade his lover Epaminondas to be a sharer in his wealth, so Pelopidas stepped down to join him in his simple way of life. Pelopidas was interested in athletics, while Epaminondas preferred learning. They remained lovers throughout their lives.

Their affection started at a battle near Mantinea (384 BC), where Pelopidas was wounded seven times and fainted on a heap of dead men. Epaminondas stepped up to save his arms and body from the enemy, and alone, he held off a crowd until help arrived to save them both. Pelopidas became the commander of the Sacred Band, and Epaminondas was the commander-in-chief of the army.


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