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Thermopylae is the site of a famous battle between the Greek forces (Spartans, Thebans and Thespians) and the invading Persian forces, commemorated by Simonides of Ceos in the famous epitaph, "Go tell the Spartans, stranger passing by, That here obedient to their laws we lie."

Thermopylae is the only land route large enough to bear any significant traffic between Lokris and Thessaly. To go from north to south along the east coast of the Balkans requires use of the pass, and so Thermopylae has been the site of several battles.
The Battle of Thermopylae was fought in 480 BC between the Achaemenid Persian Empire under Xerxes I and an alliance of Greek city-states led by Sparta under Leonidas I. Lasting over the course of three days, it was one of the most prominent battles of the Persian invasion of Greece.

Ancient and modern writers have used the Battle of Thermopylae as a flagship example of the power of an army defending its native soil.

View of monument to King Leonidas I of Sparta

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  • Copyright: Piotr FG (PiotrF) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 6008 W: 2 N: 12111] (56042)
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  • Date Taken: 2022-06-00
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  • Date Submitted: 2022-06-27 11:02
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