Ancient Hoplites

Ancient Hoplites

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Come and Take Them!

In honor of those who died at Thermopylae

Modern Monument to Leonidas at Thermopylae
The following is an excerpt from a longer poem written by Simonides about the Battle of Thermopylae in English translation:

Of those who died

at Thermopylae,

glorious is the fortune,

fair is the fate.

Their grave is an altar.

Instead of lamentation,

they have remembrance,

for pity they have praise.

Such a shroud

neither mold

nor all-subduing time

can make obscure.

This shrine of noble men

chose the good reputation of Greece

as its inhabitant.

Leonidas also bears witness,

king of Sparta,

who left behind a great adornment

of valor and ever-flowing fame.

The Hot Springs Today

 The Monument to the Thespian 700

The Pass as it is Today

The Battle of Thermopylae is described in detail in "A Heroic King":



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    1. Don't forget "A Peerless Peer"! It comes first (and is my favorite) in the trilogy.