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Statue of King Leonidas, Sparta, Greece

Statue of King Leonidas, Sparta, Greece

Medieval walled town of Monemvasia, Greece by Javarman, via Dreamstime

Medieval walled town of Monemvasia, Greece by Javarman, via Dreamstime

King Leonidas of Sparta (reigned c. 490 – 480 B.C.) was a 5th century B.C. Spartan military king who bravely led a small force of Greeks -- mostly Spartan (the famous 300), but also Thespians and Thebans -- against the much larger Persian army of Xerxes, at the pass of Thermopylae, in 480 B.C. during the Persian Wars.

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King Leonidas of Sparta (reigned c. 490 – 480 B.C.) was a 5th century B.C. Spartan military king who bravely led a small force of Greeks -- mostly Spartan (the famous 300), but also Thespians and Thebans -- against the much larger Persian army of Xerxes, at the pass of Thermopylae, in 480 B.C. during the Persian Wars.

Sparta, Greece "You should reach the limits of virtue, before you cross the border of death." '...learn to love death's ink-black shadow as much as you love the light of dawn. ' 'Here is courage, mankind's finest possession, here is the noblest prize that a young man can endeavor to win.' `Some selected lines from the works of the Spartan poet Tyrtaeus.

The Theatre at Ancient Sparta, Peloponnese, Greece

Sparta, Greece "You should reach the limits of virtue, before you cross the border of death." '...learn to love death's ink-black shadow as much as you love the light of dawn. ' 'Here is courage, mankind's finest possession, here is the noblest prize that a young man can endeavor to win.' `Some selected lines from the works of the Spartan poet Tyrtaeus.

Μονεμβασιά Monemvasia - Peloponnese, Greece

Μονεμβασιά Monemvasia - Peloponnese, Greece

Ancient Sparta, Greece

Ancient Sparta, Greece

Limenion-Lakonia-Greece

Limenion-Lakonia-Greece

ELAFONISSI BEACH

ELAFONISSI BEACH

Ancient agora. The second oldest theater in what is said to be the ruins of Sparta. GREECE.

Ancient agora. The second oldest theater in what is said to be the ruins of Sparta. GREECE.

Areopoli Mani Greece

Areopoli Mani Greece

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