Essay about The Mystery of the Battle of Thermopylae

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The Battle of Thermopylae was fought between alliances of Greek city states, which were led by King Leonidas of Sparta, against the Persian Empire led by Xerxes over the course of three days, during the second Persian invasion of Greece. The battle took place simultaneously with the naval battle at Artemisium, in August or September 480 BC, at the pass of Thermopylae ('The Hot Gates'). The event was later recorded by Herodotus, who interviewed the surviving soldiers and Greeks. When it comes to history it is important to be able to differentiate between historical fact, fiction, and exaggerations. One must be careful when looking at an event such as the battle of Thermopylae, because of all of the myths surrounding it. What else is …show more content…
Contrary to what you may or may not believe the Spartans were not the only ones fighting. There are names that have gone unsung and an entire battle that was happening behind the scenes that few know of (Last Stand).
The Battle of Thermopylae has now become an icon of western civilization, inspiring adages, poems, songs, literature, films, television, and video games. The Battle of Thermopylae has inspired many song writers, and poets. It is regarded as one of the most famous last stands in history. The story has been passed to us through the writings of the Greek Herodotus, although even his writings may have played up the legend. Remember Herodotus got his information from regular Greek citizens (Herodotus Wiki). Herodotus describes his works through the words of one of his colleagues Hecataus (early Greek historian)“I write these things as they seem true to me; for the tales told by Greeks are various and sometimes absurd”. Some of Herodotus’ stories were inaccurate, but he reported he only wrote down what he had been told. None the less most of what historians know derives from Herodotus’ The Histories (The Histories).
Cynics in his day criticized Herodotus for bias, inaccuracy, and plagiarism. He had also been called sometimes the ‘Father of lies’, mostly because of his tendency to report fanciful information (Herodotus Wiki). The accusations directed at him were sometimes
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