Thermopylae, Greece

Rashba, Gary L.
November 2007
Military History;Nov2007, Vol. 24 Issue 8, p76
The article traces the key historical events which led to the battle of Thermopylae in Greece in 480 B.C. In mid-September 480 B.C., Spartan King Leonidas, supreme commander of Greek forces, stood defiantly at Thermopylae, preparing a heroic defense against a superior invading Persian army. An estimated half million men under King Xerxes the Great had spent four years preparing for war, and they eagerly funneled south to meet the Greeks. Xerxes soon realized his men could not bring their force of arms to bear in the confined pass.


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