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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Adumbrating Edward Lear's limerick about "the old man of Thermophylae / Who never did anything properly" Robert Smith bought and sold 19 estates in England, for reasons known exclusively to himself.
(16) The same idea of universal corruption provides the running joke for The Beggar's Opera, (17) and informs The Dunciad, a poem that Pope thought might 'stand for a publick Epitaph or monumental Inscription, like that at Thermophylae, on a whole people perish'd' (Corr., III, 142-43).