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14 November 2007 @ 11:36 am
...piggybacking on my last post, this post will be about the Sacred Band of Thebes. Being a bit of a history buff, after making my post yesterday, I began surfing the web looking for info on this legendary ancient fighting force comprised of male couples.

Below is Wikipedia's body of info...

Sacred Band of Thebes

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Sacred Band of Thebes (ancient Greek: Ιερός Λόχος τών Θηβών) was a troop of picked soldiers, numbering 150 age-structured which formed the elite force of the Theban army in the 4th century BC.[1] It was organized by the Theban commander Gorgidas in 378 BC and it played a crucial role in the Battle of Leuctra, and was completely annihilated in the Battle of Chaeronea in 338 BC.

Plutarch reports that the Sacred Band consisted of homosexual couples and the reason was that lovers would fight more fiercely and more cohesively at each other's sides than would strangers with no ardent bonds. So according to Plutarch (in his Life of Pelopidas[2]), the inspiration for the Band's formation came from Plato’s Symposium, wherein the character Phaedrus remarks:

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? [3]

The Sacred Band originally was formed of picked men in couples, each lover and beloved, selected from the ranks of the existing Theban citizen-army. The pairs consisted of the older "heniochoi", or charioteers, and the younger "paraibatai", or companions. They were housed and trained at the city’s expense.[4] During their early engagements, in an attempt to bolster a general morale, they were dispersed by their commander Gorgidas throughout the front ranks of the Theban army.

After the Theban general Pelopidas recaptured the acropolis of Thebes in 379 BC, he assumed command of the Sacred Band in which he fought alongside his good friend, Epaminondas. It was Pelopidas who formed these couples into a distinct unit: he “never separated or scattered them, but would stand [them with himself in] the brunt of battle, using them as one body.”[5] They became, in effect, the “crack” force of Greek soldiery [6], and the forty years of their known existence (378 – 338 BC) marked the pre-eminence of Thebes as a military and political power in late-classical Greece.

The Sacred Band under Pelopidas fought the Spartans at Tegyra in 375 BC, vanquishing an army that was at least three times their number. It was also responsible for the victory of Leuctra in 371 BC, called by Pausanias the most decisive battle ever fought by Greeks against Greeks. Leuctra established Theban independence from Spartan rule, and laid the groundwork for the expansion of Theban power, though possibly also for Philip II's eventual victory.

Defeat came at the Battle of Chaeronea (338 BC), the decisive contest in which Philip II of Macedon (with his son, Alexander the Great, as he would later be known) extinguished the authority of the Greek city-states. The traditional Greek hoplite infantry were no match for the novel long-speared Macedonian phalanx: the Theban army and its allies broke and fled, but the Sacred Band, though surrounded and overwhelmed, refused to surrender. They held their ground and fell where they stood. Plutarch records that upon encountering their corpses “heaped one upon another”, King Philip, understanding who they were, exclaimed:

"Perish any man who suspects that these men either did or suffered anything unseemly."[7]

In about 300 BC, the town of Thebes erected a giant stone lion on a pedestal at the burial site of the Sacred Band. This was restored in the 20th Century and is standing today. Though Plutarch claims that all three hundred died that day, excavation of the burial site at the Lion Monument in 1890 produced only 254 skeletons, arranged in seven rows[8].


The Lion Monument


Here's the link to Wikipedia for the Notes and References, if you like... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sacred_Band_of_Thebes

***Here's a link to another source if you want to read more... http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/pwh/sacredband.html

Now, if you're still with me, a question...a thought...or whatever...! First, I'm no lover of war...hate it! But what if you HAD to fight...HAD to...let's say your country was being invaded. Would it make it easier to fight with your lover by your side? Would you be braver? Stronger? Do you think it would make the time between battles easier? Would you spend that time being with your lover...how about worrying over your lover? Do you think a unit like this would function the same in today's world?


 
 
Mark
13 November 2007 @ 08:02 pm
...and some pretty pics too! There should be something there for everyone really! The link is below the pic...



http://www.squidge.org/~praxisters/


 
 
Mark
12 November 2007 @ 05:59 pm
My nephew turns 9 on December 4th and I was looking for a few extra things to get him yesterday. *grin* I think I found just the things...




Mobile Spy Ear
When you're playing spy, it helps to know what the opposition is up to! With the Mobile Spy Ear, you can listen to top-secret conversations without being detected. Just pull it back, let it go, and send it out to spy. The Mobile Spy Ear silently travels up to 30 feet. The receiver on the vehicle transmits sound to your remote ear bud, allowing you to hear through walls, windows, doors and floors from up to 75 feet away. Never be the last to know!





The Spy Night Scope
Shed some light on your spy gear collection. This amazing Spy Night Scope allows you to see in the dark with a special night-vision beam. The Spy Night Scope works like binoculars, but has a pop-up spotlight allowing you to see up to 25 feet in the dark. Green-tinted lenses and beam illuminate the night for stealth surveillance. Scope also features 5x power magnification to bring faraway objects up close.






Spy Agent Action Briefcase
The Spy Agent Action Briefcase is more than just a smart storage solution; it's a spy emergency kit that comes with the must-have tools for every mission - a motion alarm, red light, vision scope, darts and launcher! The unassuming sturdy black case contains a secret compartment and offers enough space internally for additional spy equipment, as well a DVD, iPod, portable game player or other gadgets.

Use the bright red beam of the removable Spy Light to review the schematic of a top-secret plan. Look down the alley (or hallway) with the magnifying Spy Scope to determine if the coast is clear. Set up the removable Motion Alarm to guard your gear. Launch darts out of the side of the briefcase, individually or two at a time, depending on how fast your enemy is approaching. When you're called to action you can arrive prepared, and in style!



****I guess I should warn his mom, dad, sis and all the neighbors ahead of time, eh?! LOL!****


 
 
Mark
10 November 2007 @ 05:55 pm
William Shakespeare

BoyWonderMark, BoyWonderMark! Parting is such sweet sorrow
That I shall say BoyWonderMark till it be morrow.

Which work of Shakespeare was the original quote from?

Get your own quotes:

 
 
Mark
02 November 2007 @ 02:07 pm
Your results:
You are Daniel Craig
Daniel Craig
82%
Roger Moore
66%
Timothy Dalton
63%
Sean Connery
58%
George Lazenby
42%
Pierce Brosnan
36%
The sixth actor to play Bond in the movies promises to be a more realistic, down to earth and not so perfect James Bond, while still being a sexy womanizer.


Click here to take the James Bond Personality Quiz

 
 
 
Mark
01 November 2007 @ 05:17 pm
Den Den (yep_i_am_dennis) cyber-invited Jase and I to his SIMS2 Halloween Party and we came, of course, as our usernames!

This is Jase in his slave boy leather and buckles



...and myself in my BoyWonder attire, blond locks dyed raven black for the party!



Looks like I couldn't keep my hands to myself! Could you?!



GOT HIM! RAWR!



**THANKS AGAIN FOR INVITING US, DEN DEN! IT WAS FUN AND SO ARE YOU!!!!**


 
 
Mark
30 October 2007 @ 09:26 pm
Seems as if the bridge crew is finally cast for the 11th Star Trek film which will simply be called "Star Trek" and will follow the earliest exploits of Kirk and Spock, etc.

For your viewing pleasure, I slapped together a few pics...sorry if the quality leaves a bit to be desired...it was a rush job! LOL! Eric Bana's character is rumored to be a Romulan...that's only a rumor!




**Right now the released date is set for December 25th, 2008**


 
 
Mark
30 October 2007 @ 09:42 am






What's Your Halloween Costume? Over 10 Posibilities!




your going to be a cool guy like neo (from the matrix) or Jason. So Buy that crapy gun thats good for a day and go treatin!
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Mark
24 October 2007 @ 06:23 pm


...or does this guy look a little like a young Matt Damon?

Well, whether he does or not, if you think he's as cute as I do, you can see him strip here...

http://www.cute-euro-twink-sandy.co.uk/gallery1.php?r=61&l=0&t=0

LMAO...it'sfive galleries of him playfully stripping and making the dorkiest, most ridiculous faces! I think it's adorable...I love it! Guess I'm weird...LOL!


 
 
Mark
22 October 2007 @ 08:35 pm


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FK7Cy4_ZLAA

(I know this is old news,but I just came across it again and it still looks good! LOL!!)


 
 
 
Mark
22 October 2007 @ 08:29 am
MRI  
Had an MRI on my neck this morning. I had the one on my head done in August. Hope this one is more helpful in finding a cure for these headaches.
 
 
Mark
21 October 2007 @ 05:29 pm
Colonoscopies are no joke, but these comments during the exam were quite humorous...A physician claimed that the following are actual comments made by his patients (predominately male) while he was performing their colonoscopies:

1. "Take it easy, Doc. You're boldly going where no man has gone before!
2. "Find Amelia Earhart yet?"
3. "Can you hear me NOW?"
4. "Are we there yet? Are we there yet? Are we there yet?"
5. "You know, in Arkansas , we're now legally married."
6. "Any sign of the trapped miners, Chief?"
7. "You put your left hand in, you take your left hand out..."
8. "Hey! Now I know how a Muppet feels!"
9. "If your hand doesn't fit, you must quit!
10. "Hey Doc, let me know if you find my dignity."
11. "You used to be an executive at Enron, didn't you?"
12. "Could you write a note for my wife saying that my head is not up there?"


 
 
Mark
19 October 2007 @ 12:16 pm
'Justice League' cattle call seeking Flash and Wonder Woman only

Remember on Monday the story was that George Miller held a marathon casting session for 'Justice League'? Well, "Ain't it Cool" has a follow up to that.
An unnamed source for the site claims the director was only seeing candidates for Flash and Wonder Woman that day. So when you look at the list of named contenders (Adam Brody, Joseph Cross, D.J. Cotrona, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Michael Angarano, Teresa Palmer, Max Thieriot, Common, Minka Kelly, Adrianne Palicki and Scott Porter) imagine them as either Flash or Wonder Woman.


 
 
Mark
17 October 2007 @ 07:50 pm
Icon meme:

1. reply to this post, and I will pick 7 of your icons.
2. then make a post (include the meme info), and talk about the icons I chose.
3. other people can then comment to you and make their own posts.
4. this will create a never-ending cycle of icon squee. whoo!

(Below are the icons Dennis chose from mine)

1) I love the look of Asian calligraphy...and I love LOVE...and the whole gay rainbow thing and to top it all off, it was made by Reese!



2) I've always loved wolves and I really get a kick out of his patient, long-suffering expression!



3) LOL! I wanted an icon that said 'I'mpissed' or 'That makes me mad', but being a wuss, I didn't want it to be TOO serious...so, Tom!



4) Blush...The Bel Ami boy torso! Thanks, Den! LOL! Well...I like his smooth muscular body in contrast with the nice ample bush. Ummm...nuff said.



5) Peter from Narnia- what a great movie! Great book! Great character! What little boy wouldn't want to be Peter?! I like the composition of this icon and of course Will is cute!



6) Awwwwww...the Little fox in the snow! Like the wolves, I've always loved foxes! My email is kitsune (like a werefox). Love the snow...it seems so soft and peaceful and the whole icon is just pretty to me.



7) Does this one need an explanation?! Robin has been a favorite of mine since I was a wee lad...hence my username BoyWonderMark! Oh...and a very special boy made this oen for me...right, Den?! :)



*Whew...you never know which icons someone will choose from your userpics to have you explain...gotta say, I was surprised! LOL*


 
 
Mark
17 October 2007 @ 07:09 pm


If the rumors are to be believed, one possibility for the role of Superman in Justice League is 28-year-old Scott Porter. Born on July 14, 1979 in Omaha, Nebraska, he portrays Jason Street in the NBC series Friday Night Lights. Earlier he was part of the original cast of the Off-Broadway show Altar Boyz. In 2006 he played Casey Hughes in four episodes of As the World Turns, guest starred on Ugly Betty and had roles in the features Music and Lyrics and Descent. Coming in 2008 are the feature films Prom Night (a remake ) and Speed Racer, in which he plays Rex Racer.




Will D.J. Cotrona (whose credits include such short-lived series as Skin and Windfall, and the film Venom), be cast as Batman in George Miller’s upcoming Justice League? According to The Hollywood Reporter, he’s one of numerous actors who auditioned in Hollywood this past weekend.
According to a USA Today profile, the life plan for Cotrona was that he would be a New England lawyer, but once he had started taking pre-law classes while interning at a law firm, he realized such a career wasn’t for him. “I kind of panicked, because in the back of my head, I knew this was not what I wanted to do,” he told the paper. “I completely wigged out.”
A switch over to acting classes followed, and somehow things started coming together for him fairly quickly, and although he lost out to Benjamin McKenzie for the starring role in The O.C., he became philosophical about it when he landed Skin. “It taught me not to take it so much to heart, the way the industry works,” he admitted to USA Today. “I ended up getting this show, which I think fits perfectly.”
During that interview, he was asked whether or not he felt he was on the road to stardom, to which he responded, “I haven’t really given much thought to it yet. For me, it’s just been a few interviews and a few random pictures on the Internet.”
If he’s cast as Batman – and if so he would be the youngest actor to ever fill the cape and cowl – that will undoubtedly change.



 
 
 
Mark
16 October 2007 @ 11:47 am


This weekend, Young Hollywood stepped into the superhero hall of justice to see who will get the parts in the big-budgeted Warner Bros. tentpole movie "Justice League of America."

Director George Miller flew in Saturday from his native Australia for a marathon casting session that started Sunday and continues Monday, seeing 35-40 actors test for roles in the comic book movie.

Miller is seeing about four or five actors for the parts of Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman, Flash, Aquaman, Green Lantern and the Martian Manhunter, with a few overlaps. A few nonhero parts might be testing as well.

On the roll call are Adam Brody (Fox's "The O.C."), Joseph Cross ("Running With Scissors"), D.J. Cotrona ("Windfall"), Mary Elizabeth Winstead ("Grindhouse"), Michael Angarano ("Sky High"), Teresa Palmer ("Wolf Creek"), Max Thieriot ("Jumper") and rapper Common.

The cast of NBC's "Friday Night Lights" is well-represented as well, with Minka Kelly, Adrianne Palicki and Scott Porter also among those testing for parts. No costumes are involved in the tests, which are being taped as actors read script pages.

If the names feel young, it's because Miller is looking for actors to grow into their roles over the course of several movies. Sources say Miller, known to be a methodical director, is testing not only for the roles themselves but how the actors interact with one another while keeping an eye on the look of the whole group. The director is due to present his findings to the studio midweek.


 
 
Mark
13 October 2007 @ 07:19 pm


Been kinda sick (Not an excuse...an explanation). I've had burning, migraine or migraine-like headaches every day for over two months now. I missed a month of work but I'm back now. The intensity varies...like...Super-migraine, bad hangover, too long in the sun. I'm seeing a Neurologist that is a headache specialist at the University of Md Hospital...and I'm on enough meds that I'm hopeful for a solution some day soon.

I have received emails and nudges from so many of you and I'm so grateful...and sooooooooooo guilty for being away and not posting or reading my LJ! I still think of you all...I'm just really sucky at showing it!

Anyhoo...how has everyone been? What's new?! :)



 
 
Mark
27 February 2007 @ 02:18 pm
Hi guys! Sorry it's been so long! I think about you all and have been blessed to receive emails from some of you! I can't tell you how sweet that is and how it touches me. This year has not started off well, but I'm hoping it will pick up!

About a month ago now, someone in a stolen pickup truck ran through my back yard...took out my fence, trash cans, flowerbed, rose bushes, siding, etc. The truck was all tangled in my fence, but the car-thief jumped out and took off before I could see him. So, minus my deductable, my homeowners insurance has the bill.

Then, a week and a half ago, I busted up my car on the ice! Just got it back!

LOL...okay...whining over! How is everyone?!


A silly meme...

I'm a Nissan 350Z!



You're not the fastest or the most agile, but you have style and power. You believe in looking good and moving quickly -- without breaking the bank.


"Take the Which Sports Car Are You? quiz.




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Mark
28 November 2006 @ 12:36 pm
So...I just went down to the nurse to get my flu shot and this is how it went...
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I was sitting in the waiting room filling out the required sheet and the nurse comes in...

Nurse: OH, what big blue eyes you have!

Mark: Me?

Nurse: Yes they're SO blue!

Mark: Ummm...the better to see you with?

Nurse: *giggles* Oh, come on in, blue eyes!

*Mark follows her to office where she chats while preparing the needle*

Nurse: Roll up your sleeve!

Mark: *rolls up sleeve* I'm so white.

Nurse: *Rubs Mark's arm* Ooooo! Muscles!
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LOL! Shoould I feel a little violated or something? *grin*

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Mark
26 November 2006 @ 04:08 pm




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