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(Biography) died 480 bc, king of Sparta (?490–480), hero of the Battle of Thermopylae, in which he was killed by the Persians under Xerxes
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(liˈɒn ɪ dəs)

died 480 B.C., Greek hero: king of Sparta 489?–480.
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Noun1.Leonidas - king of Sparta and hero of the battle of Thermopylae where he was killed by the Persians (died in 480 BC)Leonidas - king of Sparta and hero of the battle of Thermopylae where he was killed by the Persians (died in 480 BC)
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In the morning I had been reading Glover's "Leonidas," Wilkie's "Epigoniad," Lamartine's "Pilgrimage," Barlow's "Columbiad," Tuckermann's "Sicily," and Griswold's "Curiosities" ; I am willing to confess, therefore, that I now felt a little stupid.
The Greeks advanced beyond the narrowest part of the pass to meet the Persians and there was a fierce struggle over the body of Leonidas `until the Greeks by their valour dragged the body away and drove back the enemy four times' (7.225.1).
The narrator of the story, who is searching for a Reverend Leonidas Smiley, visits the long-winded Simon Wheeler, a miner, in hopes of learning his whereabouts.
At the invasion of Xerxes, the Spartan Leonidas and an army of six thousand Greeks defended the narrow pass of Thermopylae (480 bc ).
The tribe members, who earlier received a total of 3.2 hectares, have declined to receive more land, DAR Western Visayas director Stephen Leonidas told the INQUIRER on Tuesday.
It's time to step up our game and do our best to resolve most, if not all, our backlog of agrarian cases," DAR Regional Director Stephen Leonidas said.
A sculpture exhibition by Leonidas Spanos will kick off the new season at Gloria Gallery tonight.
Lithuania's former MEP, philosopher Leonidas Donskis, passed away on the morning of Wednesday, Sept.
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THURSDAY 300 ITV4 9PM When King Leonidas (Gerard Butler) refuses to surrender to the allconquering Xerxes, the leader of the Persian empire sends his massive army into battle against the 300 men that Leonidas's Sparta can muster.