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Stephen has worked in magazines, public television, and most recently was a vice president of a major book publishing company. A frequent traveler, he divides his time between Manhattan, rural Virginia, and Alaska.

The Sacred Band of Thebes was an elite fighting troop comprised of 150 male couples. From 378 BC to 348 BC they were extremely successful in battle and highly revered. The idea was that if you fought alongside your boyfriend you would be inspired to greater heroism, wanting to impress him. Traditionally, the couples were older-younger. Plutarch attributes the idea to Plato's Symposium, in which Phaedrus says: "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 dishonor, and emulating one another in honor; and when fighting at each other's side, although a mere handful, they would overcome the world."