Battle of Thermopylae 480 BCE

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by Dept. of History, US Military Academy
published on 06 April 2013

A map indicating the location and military positions taken in the Battle of Thermopylae in 480 BCE between the Persian invading forces of Xerxes I against a small Greek force led by Spartan king Leonidas. Defending the pass for three days, the Greek force was ultimately defeated.



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