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Battle of Plataea: The Decisive Victory Against Persia that Saved Greece

The Battle of Plataea was the final battle of the second Persian invasion of Greece with  the victory of the allied Greek forces putting an end to the Persian ambitions

Is Ukraine’s Zelensky an Unlikely Leonidas Facing Onslaught?

Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky rejects the notion that he is similar to King Leonidas of the Spartans, who faced down the Persians at the Battle of Thermopylae in the year 480 BC. "I don't want Ukraine's history to be a...

Ancient Greece’s Most Elite Special Forces

The special forces of Ancient Greece, from the Band of Thebes to the Hetairoi of the army of Alexander the Great, became legend in history

Aristodemus: The Only Survivor of Sparta’s 300 Died a Hero

The story of Aristodemus of Sparta, who was branded a traitor but eventually turned a hero, is one of the Battle of Thermopylae's sub-chapters. Nearly all historical events have both heroes as well as villains. In the Battle of Thermopylae...

Greece Issues Commemorative €2 Coin for Anniversary of Battle of Thermopylae

  Greece has issued a silver commemorative €2 coin for the anniversary of the Battle of Thermopylae, which took place on August 9, 480 BC. The coin will be an entry in the 50th annual World Money Fair in Berlin, to...

Branded a Coward, Died a Hero: A Film about the Only Survivor of Leonidas’ 300

Nearly all historical events have both heroes as well as villains. In the Battle of Thermopylae, Leonidas and his brave 300 were the heroes — and Ephialtes of Trachis, the vile traitor who betrayed the Spartan army, served as...

Gerard Butler Defies Coronavirus Scare to Take Part in Thermopylae Festivities

Gerard Butler, the Scots actor who played King Leonidas in the Hollywood blockbuster “300”, has arrived in Greece to take part in the festivities marking 2,500 years since the Battle of Thermopylae. But not only that — on March 14,...

This is Sparta! Gerard Butler to Join Battle of Thermopylae Festivities

The mayor of Sparta, the ancient Greek city in the Peloponnese, announced on Wednesday that Gerard Butler, who played King Leonidas in the Hollywood blockbuster "300" will visit the town in March. Petros Doukas said that Butler will be a...

Greece Issues Commemorative Coins for 2500th Anniversary of Battle of Thermopylae

Greece will soon issue two commemorative coins to mark 2500 years since the historic battle of Thermopylae, fought in 480 BC. Their official announcement took place recently in Berlin, during the event called the ''World Money Fair 2020,'' which was...

Greece Begins Celebrations For 2500-Year Anniversary of Battles of Thermopylae and Salamis

An event marking the 2500-year anniversary since the Battle of Thermopylae and the Battle of Salamis in 480 BC began in Athens on Wednesday and was attended by both the country's President and Prime Minister. A series of events called...