Bradford Thermopylae: the battle for the West

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Bradford Thermopylae: the battle for the West

Bradford Thermopylae: the battle for the West

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The Greco-Persian battle of Thermopylae which was fought in 480 BC goes down history as one of the most important battle which shaped the face of the world.  In this battle a Greek city state alliance fought eh massive invading Persian Empire forces at a narrow pass of Thermopylae which was located in Central Greece.  The Greeks were vastly outnumbered by the Persian forces but they used the combined advantage of the terrain, training, and equipment to hold the invading Persian forces for three days. This makes the battle to pass down the line of history and a strategic military option and a symbol of courage despite the overwhelming odds that could have easily led to the defeat of the Greek forces.  It has also been described as one of the last stand in which a handful army led by King Leonidas I of Sparta defended their territory by blocking the only entry though which the expansive Persian army would have gone through under Xerxes I. even after betray by a resident, King Leonidas dismissed most of the army and remained back with a handful of his men who had sons in their homes and defended their territory to the last man standing. (Bradford, 2004)