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Title: Thermopylae

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Date: January 15, 2000
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The Spartan King that led the small group of soldiers against the Persians is revered even now for his commitment to the cause of the Greek world. The age old question is possibly phrased most effectively by W.W. How and J. Wells, ?§?Kwhat was the purpose of Leonidas in clinging to his position at Thermopylae when it had apparently become untenable???1 There was several reasons for his sacrificial last stand, all pertaining to or considered a consequence of his Spartan upbringing...

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Aspects of his education that directly affected the battle of Thermopylae are the military training received as a youth, the value of honour in Greek society and the role that religion played in Sparta. Thermopylae was a significant skirmish between a portion of the Peloponnesian army, led by Leonidas and the Persian army that was attempting to cross a mountainous pass near the Gulf of Malis...

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