CLAS 1000 Lecture Notes - Lecture 8: Delian League, The Persians, Helots

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Spartans tagged themselves so their bodies could be reassembeled. Went to battle groomed and well fed, roared out and attacked (cid:838)beautiful death(cid:839) Leonidas was one of the first to die > inspired his men. Spartans were reckless with their lives, fighting with their spears until they were broken and dull. Picked up their dead king (just like the greeks with achilles) and retreat to a hill to make their last stand. Thebans surrendered en mass (couldn(cid:835)t follow through with the glorious sacrifice as the sprtans did) Xerxes admired the sacrifice of the spartans and saw the thebans as cowards > branded all survivors branded so all greeks would know of their surrender. Fought tooth and nail to the very end. No one left to remind the world that the thespians had died. No one recognizes that the helots were there and died too. Aristodemus, eurytus and pantites (the trembler) > three survivors.

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