We continue our season of LGBTQ history with the Sacred Band of Thebes: a legendary military unit that was entirely made up of HOMOSEXUAL MEN! Let’s journey back to ancient Greece to learn who these men were, how this unit came into being, and what they were able to accomplish.


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Ep15 – Cleopatra

Ep04 – Shah Jahan & Mumtaz Mahal



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Sarah Duncan is a lean manufacturing coach for a pharmaceutical company. Her ADD combined with excessive creative energy have led to many outlandish pursuits and activities over the years, including 20+ years as a dancer and choreographer, a brief stint competing in sprint triathlons, and performing in the Raleigh musical theater scene. For years, Sarah has been fascinated with how romance and passion have frequently changed the course of history. Salacious History evolved out of Sarah’s love of history, pop culture, and podcasting.

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