Leonidas King of Sparta. 1855. Eduard Isaac Asser. Dutch 1809-1894.
salt print on photo paper on cardboard,
detail from the painting Léonidas aux Thermopyles by Jacques-Louis David. http://hadrian6.tumblr.com
Leonidas the First (king of Sparta from 489 BC to 480 BC), answering to Xerxes of Persia who was asking the Spartan army to “lay down [their] arms” at the Battle of Thermopylae, as recorded in Plutarch Apophthegmata Laconica