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 (???? - 1799 AD) Pre-19th Century Battles
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anemone
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Battle of Thermopylae--480 BC
Posted on: 2/18/2019 12:51:16 PM
The Battle of Thermopylae’s political origins can be traced back to Xerxes’ predecessor, Darius I (the Great), who sent heralds to Greek cities in 491 BCE in the hopes of persuading them to accept Persian authority.

This offended the proud Greeks greatly; the Athenians went so far as to toss the Persian heralds into a pit, while the Spartans followed suit and tossed them into a well. In 480 BCE Xerxes invaded Greece as a continuation of Darius’s original plan. He began the same way his predecessor had: he sent heralds to Greek cities—but he skipped over Athens and Sparta because of their previous responses.

Many Greek city-states either joined Xerxes or remained neutral, while Athens and Sparta led the resistance with a number of other city-states behind them. Before invading, Xerxes implored the Spartan king Leonidas to surrender his arms. Leonidas famously replied, “Come and take them” (“Molon labe”). Xerxes intended to do just that and thus moved toward Thermopylae.

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Phil andrade
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Re: Battle of Thermopylae--480 BC
Posted on: 2/18/2019 4:12:32 PM
Tell the Spartans, stranger passing by, that here, in obedience to their laws, we lie.

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Re: Battle of Thermopylae--480 BC
Posted on: 2/19/2019 3:55:22 AM
The Battle of Thermopylae’s political origins can be traced back to Xerxes’ predecessor, Darius I (the Great), who sent heralds to Greek cities in 491 BCE in the hopes of persuading them to accept Persian authority.

This offended the proud Greeks greatly; the Athenians went so far as to toss the Persian heralds into a pit, while the Spartans followed suit and tossed them into a well. In 480 BCE Xerxes invaded Greece as a continuation of Darius’s original plan.

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Jim
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Michigan Dave
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Re: Battle of Thermopylae--480 BC
Posted on: 3/4/2019 8:59:55 AM
How come the Persians despite having huge numerical, & military advantages, always seemed to lose to the Greeks??

A mystery?
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wazza
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Re: Battle of Thermopylae--480 BC
Posted on: 3/4/2019 2:29:09 PM
That's a good question!

Better unified, better discipline and training, better tactics and better leadership perhaps?

Phil andrade
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Re: Battle of Thermopylae--480 BC
Posted on: 3/4/2019 5:03:24 PM

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How come the Persians despite having huge numerical, & military advantages, always seemed to lose to the Greeks??

A mystery?
MD
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Didn’t this warfare last for half a century ?

Presumably, in that long period, there were Persian victories.

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scoucer
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Re: Battle of Thermopylae--480 BC
Posted on: 3/4/2019 7:14:11 PM

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That's a good question!

Better unified, better discipline and training, better tactics and better leadership perhaps?
--wazza


And add in better weapons and armour.

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