Post by Stephen Harker Post by The Zygon Post by The Zygon
I see a lot of the _Dosadi Experiment_ in _Dune_.
He also seems fascinated by the all homosexual unit which Philip of
Macedonia had in his army. It is said that all members in the unit
had mates who were also in the unit. From this he develops the
homophobic idea that homosexuals are filled with self-hatred and
hatred for humanity, and as such make excellent berserker troops. He
even suggests that Generals through the ages have always encouraged
unrequited homsexual feelings in their troops. The stress there is on
"unrequited". That is supposed to make them more heroic fighters.
This seems a bit garbled. The unit in question would be the Sacred Band
of Thebes (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sacred_Band_of_Thebes) which
was destroyed by Philip at Chaeronea.
Philip was said to be anti-homosexual, but after the battle (quote from
Wikipedia): Plutarch records that Philip II, on encountering the corpses
"heaped one upon another", understanding who they were, wept and
Perish any man who suspects that these men either did or suffered
— Plutarch, Pelopidas 18
I'll just comment that since Wikipedia describes pairings of an
older and a younger man, and that you joined at around 20-21 and
left at 30, these possibly aren't 150 lifelong exclusive couples?
Like, when your old guy retires, you become the old guy and the
unit issues you a fresh 20-year-old? (No, I'm not fantasising.
I see myself more as a Henry Higgins to an Eliza Doolittle.
Which I figure is about equivalent except for killing people.
Not that there's anything wrong with that in the ancient world;
apparently it's what gets you into Plutarch.)