• Person: Tell me more about Spartans!
  • Me a highly trained Classicist: uh uhm the Spartans liked to dance to celebrate Apollo and were actually not as tough as everyone thought them to be!! They lost battles and paid in iron bars! Oh and they were pretty lax on the marriage department and there is a lot of debate about same sex relations especially concerning the nature of pederasty!!
  • Person: No tell me about the battle of Thermopylae!!! 300!! Leonidus!! Wooo
  • Me a highly trained Classicist: look bud I can tell you intimate details about Dover's observations of dicks on Athenian pederastic pottery but I have no blow by blow account of that battle for you.

 Greek Stater from Thespiai, Boeotia, 387–374 BC

Obverse: A Boeotian shield. Reverse: Aphrodite Melanis facing right wearing an earring, Her hair slightly disheveled and set with jewels. In the field at the right, a large crescent; a small one under the curve of the neck, on which is a necklace and a pendant. Inscription in Greek at left and right.

Mythologically the coins of Thespiai are of value, as they prove that in addition to Eros, who was the god especially revered at that city, Aphrodite Melainis or “Black Aphrodite” (Paus. ix. 27) was there worshiped as a Moon-goddess. The crescent, the constant mint-mark of Thespian money, is the symbol of this goddess.

Thespiai (or Thespiae) was an ancient Greek city in Boeotia. It stood on level ground commanded by the low range of hills which run eastward from the foot of Mount Helicon to Thebes, near modern Thespies. What stands out historically about this ancient city is that during the Persian invasion of 480 BC, Thespiai and Thebes were the only Boeotian cities to send a contingent to back up the Spartans at Thermopylae, Thespiai sent a force of 700 hoplites who remained to fight beside the Spartans on the final day of the battle. In 1997, the Greek government dedicated a monument to the Thespians who fell alongside that of the Spartans. After the battle, Thebes was the final Boeotian state to side with the Persians, and in doing so they denounced both Plataea and Thespiai to Xerxes I as the only Boeotian states to side with the Greeks. After Xerxes burned down their city, the remaining Thespian inhabitants furnished a force of 1800 men for the confederate Greek army that fought at Plataea (479 BC). More about the Thespians

A modern commemoration to King Leonidas and his Spartans, who led the desperate defense of the hot gates at Thermopylae. It is inscribed with his supposed response to the Persian demand to lay down his weapons, “ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ” or, “Come and take them.” This statue, erected at Sparta in 1968, is not the only monument to the Spartans, who in modern times have been used in Greece as a symbol of their national spirit and independence.


LWRC R.E.P.R “Leonidas”

Another limited edition rifle using LWRC’s R.E.P.R as the platform, the Leonidas is named after the Spartan king made famous by the Battle of Thermopylae. Only 300 were made, an obvious nod to the legend as well as the movie. The R.E.P.R itself is one of the higher end piston AR-10’s on the market but also known for its distinct side-charging handle. (GRH)

The Prophecy to Leonidas by the Oracle of Delphi

Hear your fate, O dwellers in Sparta of the wide spaces;
Either your famed, great town must be sacked by Perseus’ sons,
Or, if that be not, the whole land of Lacedaemon
Shall mourn the death of a king of the house of Heracles,
For not the strength of lions or of bulls shall hold him,
Strength against strength; for he has the power of Zeus,
And will not be checked till one of these two he has consumed

 “Freedom isn’t free at all, that it comes with the highest of costs. The cost of blood.”

Gorgo, Queen of Sparta (/ˈɡɔrɡoʊ/; Greek: Γοργώ) was the daughter and the only known child of Cleomenes I, King of Sparta during the 6th and 5th centuries BC. She was the wife of King Leonidas I, Cleomenes’ half-brother, who fought and died in the Battle of Thermopylae. Gorgo is noted as one of the few female historical figures actually named by Herodotus, and was known for her political judgement and wisdom. She is notable for being the daughter of a King of Sparta, the wife of another king of Sparta, and the mother of a third king of Sparta. Her birth date is uncertain, but is most likely to have been between 518 and 508 BC, based on Herodotus dating. x

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