Archive for August 11th, 2008


Maybe the Anniversary of the Battle of Thermopylae is today

August 11, 2008
Spartan phalanx

Spartan phalanx

I read someplace only partly reliable that today is the anniversary of the Battle of Thermopylae, which occurred late in the summer of 480 BC. Immortalized in the movie The 300, it was one of those battles that shows the kind of bravery and sacrifice of which man is capable. (The movie’s not very historical, but it sure is fun.) It’s worth studying this battle and the history around it in more detail. I recommend Stephen Pressfield’s The Gates Of Fire. It’s a historical novel, but he tries to get the details right while adding a personal slant to the story.