LEONIDAS AT THERMOPYLAE
PAINTING BY JACQUES LOUIS DAVID
The Spartans kept a much larger Persian army busy,
but busy long enough for the Greeks at home to get ready to defeat
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The defense that the
Spartans put up in the pass for 3 days didn't in any way help them
in the war, since it would only take 1 week max for Xerxes to reach
Athens, which was his ultimate goal, and the goal that he reached,
it left no time for the defenders to create a strong enough defense
against him, the only reason that he turned back is because he lost
his naval supply lines when he lost most of his fleet at the battle
The battle lasted two or three days and
the Greeks might have been even more successful if Greek traitor
Ephialtes wouldn't have shown the
Persians a secret path around the pass. This path enabled the
Persians to attack the Greeks from both sides.
The Exact Dates of the
Battle of Thermopylae
The Battle of Thermopylae took place over a period of three days in
mid-August 480 BC. The exact dates are not known.
During the first two days, the Persians
suffered many losses. At the end of the second day, the
Persians were shown the pass, which led them behind the Greek army.
Parallel to their attack at Thermopylae,
the Persians attacked at sea in the naval Battle of Artemisium.
When the Greeks heard about the setback at Thermopylae, they
Who Won the Battle of
The Persians won the battle but the Greeks won the war.
What Were the
Casualties of the Battle of Thermopylae?
The Persians killed each and every one of their enemies. But the
Greeks gave them the fight of their lifetime. Persian King
Xerxes ordered to bury some of his fallen soldiers because he was
embarrassed by the great number the Greeks managed to slay.