Battle of Thermopylae, (480 bce), battle in central Greece at the mountain pass of Thermopylae during the Persian Wars. The Greek forces, mostly Spartan, were led by Leonidas. After three days of holding their own against the Persian king Xerxes I and his vast southward-advancing army, the Greeks were betrayed, and the Persians were able to outflank them. Sending the main army in retreat, Leonidas and a small contingent remained behind to resist the advance and were defeated. Today the Battle of Thermopylae is celebrated as an example of heroic persistence against seemingly impossible odds. This high quality silver cuff-links are replicas of a spartan shield. The cuff-links are crafted with extra care in 925 Sterling Silver. It was made in Greece, diameter size is 23mm and weighs approximately 14 g.