The Battle of Thermopylae

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At the pass of Thermopylae in central Greece in 480 BC, the Greek Alliance fought the invading Persian Empire. A thousand Greek soldiers, led by King Leonidas of Sparta, blocked the road to the entire Persian Army for three days. When the Persians finally took the pass, they had suffered heavy losses.

Leonidas at Thermopylae, by Jacques-Louis David (1814)

Leonidas and his soldiers, who all died then, stand until today as symbols of courage and self-sacrifice.

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