Dirk Puehl‘s Today’s Memory
Battle of Thermopylae
Originally shared by Dirk Puehl
#onthisday in 480 BCE (or on 20 August, according to other sources), the Battle of Thermopylae began at the “Hot Gates”, 120 miles northwest of Athens, a narrow coastal passage named after the sulphur springs nearby.
Few battles draw level with Leonidas’ heroic last stand at Thermopylae in terms of cultural connotation and voluntary misinterpretations of the event. Probably since the day the battle itself ended after three days of hard fighting when the Spartans and their Thespian allies made the ultimate sacrifice to defend their way of life. Which was, after all was said and done, anything but free and democratic and Xerxes and his Persians were certainly no horde of savages 500,000 strong. But read more on:
Depicted below is an image of a Bronze helmet of the Corinthian type from the late 6th century BCE, the type of headgear commonly worn by most Greek hoplites around the time of the Battle of Thermopylae.
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