My 300 Spartans History

The 300 Spartans are slumbering under this hill.

The 300 spartans grave

The tumulary stone was established not so long ago – several thousands years after.

The 300 spartans grave

And Persian hordes – 1 700 000 soldiers according to data from Herodotus – came from that far off, where the highway lays now.

300 Spartans in Thermopyles, Greece

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.

My 300 Spartans

And now here I am, on that ancient land. The place is filled with an incredible energy! I shiver.

The grave of 300 Spartans in Thermopyles, Greece

A monument to Tzar Leonid and his three hundred spartans was established closer to the sea during the present time. At last…

The monument to Tzar Leonid and his three hundred spartans in Thermopyles, Greece

Here is the description and scheme of the battle for those unfamiliar with this history.

Scheme of the battle of 300 Spartans in Thermopyles, Greece

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. 🙂

Athene Pallada

Some kind of a sign?
As if “Thank you, Victor, for the visit. Your 300 Spartans”.
Athene was so warm.

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19 Responses to “My 300 Spartans History”

  1. wordsfromanneli Says:

    I know that shivery feeling when you stand in a spot where so much notable history has taken place. Thanks for sharing these photos.


  2. Tales and Travels of the Tin Man Says:

    WOW how wonderful to be in such a place. Thanks so much for sharing


  3. Madhu Says:

    I get that feeling too when i am on an ancient site! Wonderful photos! brings back equally wonderful memories!


  4. sayvan Says:

    I also get that very feeling whenever I am on a historical site. The most I have ever felt this was in the Colosseum in Rome.


  5. Garden Walk Garden Talk Says:

    I truly do thank you for sharing. I could feel the power of the history through your images and commentary. I will never see this place, so it is wonderful to ‘go along’ on your travels.


  6. kap10bob Says:

    Another wonderful post Victor. Thanks for sharing 🙂


  7. ryeder Says:

    Though I have never this site, I am familiar with the Spartan history. I can understand the overwhelming feeling one gets when you connect with these historic places. I felt that connection at Gettysburg. There are moments when you can almost hear the battle cries…enjoyed this.


  8. Susie C. Says:

    As I walked on the ancient wall that winds around York, England, I paused to look through one of the arrow slots, hands touching stone walls constructed by men who’d been dead over a thousand years, and got that shivery feeling. Thanks for this excellent post.


  9. Donna Amis Davis Says:

    This is really a different view of Greece. I think I’ve only seen pictures of sunshine and water up til now. Thanks for sharing that bit of history.


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