Greece, Sparta, Statue Of King Leonidas, Hero Of Battle At Thermopylae,

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King Leonidas Statue


The King Leonidas statue stands belligerently in front of a football stadium. When the Persians attacked at Thermopylae and told the Spartans and their allies to lay down their weapons, Leonidas' response, immortalised beneath his feet, was 'Molon labe' ('Come and get them').

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