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The Legacy of the 300 Spartans

Around 480 BC, the Battle of Thermopylae took place. In it, King Leonidas and 300 of his best Spartan warriors, along with aid from other volunteers, held back an immense Persian army led by King Xerxes. Heavily outnumbered, the Spartans and Greeks used their smarts to fight on terrain that would be advantageous to them. They fought on a slope along the side of a mountain with a narrow pass, causing the Persians to 'funnel' to attack making the enormous Persian numbers not count for much.

The legacy left by King Leonidas and the 300 Spartans is that when you are educated and use your wits to the best of your ability, you can find an advantageous situation despite facing seemingly impossible odds. The dedication and determination of King Leonidas is evident. The Spartans and Greeks fought for freedom from oppression and tyranny that King Xerxes and the Persians were seeking to impose. Their legacy shows that when your cause is just and you put forth the effort, determination, and persistence, that you can achieve greatness.

In the end, the Spartans and Greeks at Thermoplae were all slaughtered, but not before they killed many times over in Persians and delayed the Persian army enough for Greece to make enough preparations to become victorious over the Persians. The legacy of the 300 is inspiring and uplifting.

In the movie, 300, Dilios (one of the 300) is sent back to Sparta to lead the remaining Spartans and Greeks against Persia. His speech is inspiring and uplifting (contains a few seconds of graphic images)
Click to watch the ending of 300.