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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 the Battle of Thermopylae's sub-chapters. Nearly all historical events have both heroes as well as villains. In the Battle of Thermopylae Leonidas...

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...

Ancient Text Reveals Epic Battle Between Greeks and Goths at Thermopylae

An ancient text recently revealed indicates that in 262 there was another battle at Thermopylae that essentially saved Greece from the Goths, says a Red Orbit story. In 2007, Jana Grusková, PhD, of Masaryk University discovered a manuscript fragment containing...

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...

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,...

Thermopylae Remembers The 300 Spartans

A ceremony marking the last stand of the 300 Spartans and their Greek allies against the Persian hordes of King Xerxes at the Pass of Thermopylae, a gallant battle that helped save Western Civilization, was marked on Aug. 8. Some...

Gerard Butler: ‘This is Sparta!’ Reenactment

Fans who turned out to get a glimpse of Gerard Butler before his appearance on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" in Los Angeles were treated to a reenactment from the film "300." Butler's infamous portrayal of King Leonidas made him a celebrity...