Plutarch in his Life of Pelopidas credits Gorgidas with the creation of the Sacred Band, which he dispersed at first throughout the front ranks of the regular infantry, with the idea that they would inspire valour. However, they were later arrayed by Pelopidas as a unit in order to make their gallantry more conspicuous.
- Plutarch, Life of Pelopidas, 18.1 and 19.3
- "The Theban Sacred Band". The Ancient World, XXIII.2, (1992), pp. 3-19.