Friday, December 02, 2005

Blog Number 81 - The site of the final stand of the '300' Spartans & 700 Thespians

Here is an image from the Peter Connolly book, entitled 'Greece and Rome at War' which shows the site of the last stand of the Spartan and Thespian defenders.

After King Leonidas was killed, the remaining Greek defenders were able to extricate his body from the Persians after very heavy fighting. With the Spartan king's body in their possession, the remaining hoplites withdrew to this hillock where they were eventually overwhelmed by the Persian archers. This hillock was identified as the site of the last stand when hundreds of arrows were recovered during an archaeological expedition before World War II.

In Blog Number 77, the image which was included was that of the battlefield taken from the vantage point of the last stand. The site of the last stand which is pictured above was to the south of the fighting which took place in the previous two days.

2 comments:

Miyuki said...

Hi John,
Thanks for the update.It is exciting to see the very field of action.It looks like very narrow,dramatic.I remember 'Phone Booth'.

John Trikeriotis said...

Greetings Miyuki~

I was hoping that they would film the battle at Thermopylae, however, it has changed so much. Computer generated imagery should do the trick; I hope!

Cheers,

John