Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Thermopylae



The Battle of Thermopylae, as we all know, occurred in 480BC between the Persian Empire and the mainland Greeks. At the end of the three days of battle the Greeks, under the Spartan King, Leonidas, were finally beaten and Persian were free to march onto Athens. The above photo was taken from the small hill, identified as hill were the last of the Spartans made their final stand. It looks north towards the battlefield, the hot springs are in the middle ground and at the base of the steep slope. On the right ,were the modern road now goes, is ruffly were the the sea may of been back in 480BC. Which means that in front of the hot springs and the curve in the road may of stood the first wall and in the far distance, on the flat ground would of camped the army of Xerxes.



The first photo, above, was taken looking back over the modern road towards the hill, of the Spartans Last stand. The hill was identified as the most likely place for the final part of the battle as hundreds of Persian arrows tips have been found all over the mound. The second photo was taken on top of the hill. It is a modern plaque, placed over the old one which reads " Tell the Spartans, stranger passing by, that here obedient to their laws we lie"


The last photo in this series was take from the base of the hill, looking east, towards the modern day memorial to King Leonidas.



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