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Statue of Leonidas Review

Stop a moment and contemplate the stern Statue of Leonidas. During the Second Persian War in the 5th century BC, with 30,000 Persians advancing on his army of 8,000, Leonidas, ordered to surrender his weapons, jeered, "Come and get them." For two days he held off the enemy, until a traitor named Efialtes (the word has since come to mean "nightmare" in Greek) showed the Persians a way to attack from the rear. Leonidas ordered all but 300 Spartans and 700 Thespians to withdraw, and when forced to retreat to a wooded knoll, he is said to have commented, "So much the better, we will fight in the shade." His entire troop was slaughtered.

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  • Address: End of Konstantinou, Sparta, 23100
  • Location: Sparta
Updated: 05-18-2011

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