- Feb 3, 2002
The best part was the "we'll fight in the shade" line. I hope that stays in the final cut. I don't know
He sent also heralds asking to deliver up their arms. The answer from Leonidas was "come and take them" (Μολών λαβέ).
A Spartan, who was told about the great number of Persian soldiers, who with their arrows will conceal the sun, he answered: "so much the better, we will fight in the shade".
There were more than just Spartans, unfortunately they are not given their due, except by the Spartans and some historians. The Thespians held out their part of the bargain very well.Plus this is historical fact. In 481-480 B.C., King Xerxes of Persia raised forces in Asia and Africa and invaded Greece with an army so huge it was said it (the army) "drank rivers dry." But when they entered the mountain pass of Thermopylae they encountered 300 soldiers from Sparta (King Leonidas and his 300-man bodyguard). Hence the title "300".
Basically the battle bought the Greeks enough time to escape and defeat the Persians. Later, much later.