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The battle of Thermopylae
« on: Wednesday, 25 September, 2019 @ 21:16:58 »
Your guide to the battle of Thermopylae

The battle of Thermopylae in 480 BC has become the archetype for the courageous last stand. But what’s known about the battle between the forces of Xerxes and Leonidas? And what are the origins of the myth that just 300 Spartans fought against the vast Persian army? Professor Chris Carey explains more

In 480 BC, the king of Persia invaded Greece. As the ruler of a vast empire, Xerxes brought with him the greatest army Greece had ever seen, and for four months this massive force rolled south through the country unopposed. City after city surrendered.

But Xerxes’s campaign came to a juddering stop when his army reached the pass of Thermopylae in central Greece, where he found a Greek army waiting, led by the Spartan king Leonidas.