battle of Thermopylae

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Noun1.battle of Thermopylae - a famous battle in 480 BC; a Greek army under Leonidas was annihilated by the Persians who were trying to conquer Greece
Ellas, Greece, Hellenic Republic - a republic in southeastern Europe on the southern part of the Balkan peninsula; known for grapes and olives and olive oil
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In the Battle of Thermopylae, a small force composed of soldiers from Greek city-states (Sparta being the most known then) and led by Leonidas managed to initially repel a large Persian Army led by Xerxes.
At the Battle of Thermopylae, Leonidas (Gerard Butler), king of the Greek city state of Sparta, leads his badly outnumbered warriors against the massive Persian army.
This epic retelling of the Battle of Thermopylae is oozing with colour, action and emotion.
The word refers to the man bearing the same name, who, according to Greek historian Herodotus, betrayed his homeland by showing the Persian troops a path around the allied Greek position at the pass of Thermopylae, which helped them win the Battle of Thermopylae in 480 BC.
300 told the mythical story of the Battle of Thermopylae, where a small contingent of brave Spartans faced down the advancing Persian army, under the banner of antagonist, Xerxes.
"MOLON LABE" IS THE MOTTO OF THE Special Operations Command Central and dates as far back as the Battle of Thermopylae in 480 BC and means "come and take them"--the defiant response by the Greeks when the Persian Empire demanded the surrender of their weapons.
300 (Monday, ITV2, 9pm) BASED on Frank Miller's graphic novel, 300 is a bruising war epic recounting the Battle of Thermopylae, at which the vastly outnumbered Spartan army fought to the bloody death against the might of the Persians.
Monday 300 ITV2, 9PM Directed by Zack Snyder, this is a retelling of the epic tale of the Battle of Thermopylae, when a few hundred Spartans took on thousands of Persians.
In an echo of the handful of Spartans who held out against thousands of Persians at the Battle of Thermopylae in 480BC, the heroic Hanoverians slowed the French long enough to stop them defeating Wellington's men before a Prussian force could provide vital back-up.
At this rate, the Daesh historical fantasy promised to surpass the fictitious movie 300, which was based on the 1998 comic series that retold the Battle of Thermopylae within the Persian wars, when 300 Spartans fought Xerxes and his 300,000 soldiers.
The 2014 Amphora Issue of the MHJ begins with 'This is My Sparta!', a feature article by Dr Kyle Gervais (Western University, Canada) which examines three popular receptions of Sparta and the Battle of Thermopylae: Frank Miller's comic book series 300 (1998), the film 300 directed by Zack Snyder and Kieron Gillen's comic Three (2013-14).
The Battle of Thermopylae between the Greeks and the Persians of 480BC continues to fascinate people in every generation, yet even this clash of civilisations is eclipsed in significance by the resolve of the Allied forces to free Europe from the Nazis.