Condition: New, Handmade in Greece Diameter: 20 cm - 7,9 inches Weight: 400 g Material: clay, paint, ceramic, terracotta
A group of Greeks under the command of King Leonidas and his Spartans would face the largest army ever assembled in antiquity. The Battle of Thermopylae was not, however, a decisive battle in the Greco-Persian wars, but it revealed the ideal of the people to sacrifice themselves in the name of freedom even 2200 years before the great modern revolutions. The Spartan army stood at the center of the Spartan state, citizens trained in the disciplines and honor of a warrior society. Subjected to military drills since early manhood, the Spartans became one of the most feared and formidable military forces in the Greek world, attaining legendary status in their wars against Persia. At the height of Sparta's power – between the 6th and 4th centuries BC – other Greeks commonly accepted that "one Spartan was worth several men of any other state." Spartans used Lamda Λ on their Shields. Sparta was the capital of Lacedaemonia, which is today called Laconia. The Spartans were actually Lacedaemoneans. So they didn't fight just for their capital, they fought for their whole country. Molon labe, meaning 'come and take them, is a classical expression of defiance. It is among the Laconic phrases reported by Plutarch, attributed to King Leonidas I in reply to the demand by Xerxes I that the Spartans surrender their weapons. The exchange between Leonidas and Xerxes occurs in writing, on the eve of the Battle of Thermopylae (480 BC).