Battle of the 300 Spartans

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Battle of the Last 300 Spartans (Battle of Thermopylae thər-mop-i-lee[->0]) The battle was fought around August 7th or September 8th, in the year of 490 B.C. It was fought by the alliance of the Greek city-states under the power of King Leonidas of the Spartans and the Persian Empire Xerxes. A force of 7,300 Greek men marched to guard the passage of Thermopylae. King Leonidas heard that a force of Persian troops were marching to take the passage, which was vital to the Greeks. The passage was an entrance into the city of Athens. Thermopylae was a narrow pass. To one side were rocky mountains and to the other was water. After the Greek forces, killed by the 300 Spartans, arrived they began to assemble into ranks. It was to my…show more content…
A lot of people who think that ramming boats then you should hit the front or back, but you want to hit the sides. If you hit the sides then the oars are broken, leaving them sitting there. The Greeks, even though they were outnumbered, still won that part of the battle. A storm hit the waters and destroyed a lot of the Persian fleets. The Greeks were still outnumbered 5 to 1. Back to the dry land. The Persian leader Xerxes became frustrated. He learned information that would lead to one of the most historic stand in history. Xerxes found out about a passage that would lead behind Greek lines. Nobody knows how or when he learned this but it is believed that he was informed by a Greek spy. Now, Xerxes wasn't the only one to know about this passage, the Greek king also knew of it. He set 1,000 Greek forces to protect it. But there was a problem. The 1,000 men heard about the 10,000 Persians that attacked the Greeks and feared even more forces would attack the 7,300 men, so they rushed there. That allowed the 1,000 Persian men marching that path to be able to get behind the Greek forces. The Greek king actually sent the allied forces home, and that would leave only the 300 Spartans and himself. Nobody knows why the king ordered the retreat. Some think it's because of the Oracle. Being a Spartan the king had to believe their ways. The Oracle stated that the king must die or the city-state would be taken by
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