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Harsh Lessons from the Ancient Greek City-State of Sparta

The long and (mostly) illustrious history of the ancient Greek city-state of Sparta defines the word "legendary." Going beyond truth, it has merged with heroic tales which almost defy belief. The toughness of its warrior class, by any measure,...

The Battle of Thermopylae: When the Greeks Fought to Defend Civilization

The great Battle of Thermopylae and the valiant fight of 300 fearless Spartans under the command of warrior King Leonidas against 10,000 elite Persian soldiers is one of the most brilliant moments in ancient Greece's history. And in retrospect, it...

Children are Curious to Know: Who Were the Spartans?

Curious Kids, a website that posts inquiries made by the most curious of minds -- those of children -- recently found themselves answering a question posted by a young reader by the name of Trystan. He wanted an expert...

Ancient Greece: Growing up in Athens and Sparta

Despite the fact that they shared the same heritage and language, ancient Spartans and ancient Athenians were very different, and the two city-states were not on the friendliest of terms. The Spartans were warriors, disciplined and strong, and always ready to...

August 480 BC: Leonidas' Brave 300 Fought the Battle of Thermopylae

The battle of Thermopylae and the valiant fight of 300 intrepid Spartans under the guidance of warrior King Leonidas against 10,000 Persian elite soldiers is one of the greatest moments of Ancient Greece's history and provided great tales of...

Men Dressed as Spartan Warriors Detained in Beijing

Police in Beijing, China, detained two foreigners dressed as Spartan warriors who were roaming the city streets as part of a publicity campaign for a salad company. Beijing Youth Daily published a photograph showing police officers restraining the two men in...

Swedish Metal Band Praise Greece and October 28th in Song

Swedish heavy metal band Sabaton wrote a song in which they glorify the "OXI" of Greeks to the Italian army and the bravery of Greeks through the ages, from Spartan Leonidas to the warriors of the Pindos mountains. The band,...

Spartan Warriors Take Over London Underground

Men dressed as Spartan warriors invaded the London Underground on October 2, pleasantly disrupting the tedious routine of public transportation. While less than 300 were present, the actors – who were part of the cast of “300: Rise of the Empire,” the...

Dramatic New Trailer for ‘300: Rise of an Empire’ Released

A brand new trailer for the Greek battle epic "300: Rise of an Empire" has been released, this time focusing more on the character of Artemesia (Eva Green) and the havoc she plans to wreak on Greece. The two-and-a-half minute...

Greece to Restore Ancient Sparta City Theater

After centuries of neglect, another important classical Greek monument, the theater of the city of Sparta, will be restored to its ancient splendor thanks to a joint project by the Greek ministry of culture and tourism, the Diazoma citizens'...