The Infamous Battle Of Thermopylae

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The Infamous Battle of Thermopylae The battle of Thermopylae may just be the most epitomized ancient story for historians and filmmakers alike. To us common folk, this battle has been anecdotally portrayed as where 300 Spartans defended and withstood the constant rigor of battle against the invading Persians. Movies have been made to capture the essence of battle and the valiant efforts exerted by the 300; as well as historians played their part by publishing works that promise to speak truth to the happenings in 480 B.C. One piece of literature, in particular I had the good fortune to read, entitled “Herodotus: Xerxes Invades Greece, from The Historians.” Despite being a rather lackluster title, the content provided a captivating and…show more content…
Therefore, he was a brilliant storyteller that would speak of the Spartans valor, courage, and unity; whereas the Persians were characterized as a people under the tyrannical reign of Kings who had other agendas than simply keeping their people safe. Specifically, King Xerxes, who is a key component to Herodotus’s story regarding Thermopylae, is eager to invade Greece and burn Athens to the ground; seeking revenge for the wrongs the Athenian people committed against his father as well as expanding the Persian empire under his reign. All and all, Herodotus was significant in recording an era of time that otherwise would be lost to us today. Moving on, with the constant efforts of Persian forces to invade Greece, lessons were learned. One such being that a larger army was needed to protect themselves. The book talks of the largest Greek army in 479 B.C.E being assembled to attack the Persians in the surrounding areas of Athens. Moreover, the Delian League was formed and pursued the attack of the Persian Empire further, leading to virtually all Greek states – once under the control of Persia – being liberated. With the Persian threat subdued, the Athenian people favored a new political policy – democracy. This era would later be denoted as the height of both Athenian power and culmination of its brilliance. Therefore, Persian invasions provided intellect and the development of new political systems being valued.
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