The 300 Spartans are slumbering under this hill.
The tumulary stone was established not so long ago – several thousands years after.
And Persian hordes – 1 700 000 soldiers according to data from Herodotus – came from that far off, where the highway lays now.
This is Thermopyles. At that time it was 70 meters long from the mountains to the sea.
I was absorbed by Sparta and 300 Spartans history, and ancient history in whole when I was a little boy. I dreamed of theses warriors, gods and heroes, and used to draw them during that boring biology classes.
And now here I am, on that ancient land. The place is filled with an incredible energy! I shiver.
A monument to Tzar Leonid and his three hundred spartans was established closer to the sea during the present time. At last…
Here is the description and scheme of the battle for those unfamiliar with this history.
After some time, sitting in the bus, I won Athene Pallada in a lottery. That was actually the first time in my life I won something.
Some kind of a sign?
As if “Thank you, Victor, for the visit. Your 300 Spartans”.
Athene was so warm.