Gates of fire

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655 gates fire"Go tell the Spartans, stranger passing by, that here, obedient to their laws, we lie".

Thus reads an ancient stone at Thermopylae in central Greece, the site of one of the world's greatest battles for freedom.

Here, in 480 B.C., on a narrow mountain pass above the crystalline Aegean,  the feared and admired Spartan soldiers stood three hundred strong. Theirs was a suicide mission, to hold the pass against the invading millions of the mighty Persian army. 

Day after bloody day they withstood the terrible onslaught, buying time for the Greeks to rally their forces. Born into a cult of spiritual courage, physical endurance, and unmatched battle skill, the Spartans would be remembered for the greatest military stand in history--one that would not end until the rocks were awash with blood, leaving only one gravely injured Spartan squire to tell the tale....

 

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