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
Originates from King Leonidas of Sparta, in a message to King Xerxes of Persia, when an overwhelming Persian army demanded that 300 Spartan warriors drop their weapons. Leonidas replied “Molon Labe” (Come and get them) and 300 of his Spartans, and Leonidas himself, were killed, but in so doing killed took huge tolls on the enemy and stalled the Persian army for long enough to let the rest of Greece prepare themselves for the war.
Englishified Greek for “Come and get it.” Pronounced “Moh-lone Lah-Veh”. Common context is in relation to firearms and firearm laws, as a declaration to be made to anyone that wishes to confiscate your gun(s).
15 Mind-Blowing Facts That You Should Read (Part 153)
1. The biggest squid ever caught weighed an estimated 990 pounds and about 39 feet long. If calamari rings were made from the squid they would be the size of tractor tires
2. In 1999 hackers revealed a security flaw in Hotmail that permitted anybody to log into any Hotmail account using the password ‘eh’. At the time it was called “the most widespread security incident in the history of the Web”
3. Dogs’ brains have evolved to understand human vocalization to the extent that they can understand human laughter.
4. In 1850, Charles Darwin and Joseph Hooker started the world’s first “terra-forming” project on Ascension Island, which turned the arid volcanic wasteland into the self-sustaining and self-reproducing ecosystem that it is today.
5. When the Weinsberg castle in Germany was besieged by King Konrad III in 1140, women were granted the right to leave, along with whatever they could carry on their shoulders, and each woman ended up carrying…
To appreciate this comic you need to know three things: - 3056 is the postcode for Brunswick, Australia. - Brunswick is a glorious hodgepodge place with a high proportion of recent immigrants living and working there. One of the big waves of migration involved Greek immigrants coming here after the second world war, particularly from the Laconia region - the site of ancient Sparta. - As a result, Brunswick has been declared sister city to Sparta, and a statue of the Spartan King Leonidas stands off Sydney Road on Sparta Place.
This is such an intensely local comic that I’m not sure if it will appeal to anyone who doesn’t know the area, but it was so nice to draw a silly love letter to Sydney Road and its old buildings. When I first moved to Melbourne this area was so exciting it blew my mind. I love Brunswick to bits! I reckon Leo must like it too now that he lives here.
Published in Squishzine Brunstown, a collection of comics about Brunswick and its surrounds.