Leonidas I
(?-480 BC)

Spartan king and general who led his army in the battle of Thermopylae against the Persian king Xerxes I. Leonides managed to delay the Persian invasion for two days with only 300 men. Ephialtes, a Thessalian man, betrayed his leader and showed the Persians another way to invade in order to attck from behind. Leonidas sent some of his army to safety, and died fighting the Persians together with 700 volunteers.

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