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  • n  a famous battle in 480 BC; a Greek army under Leonidas was annihilated by the Persians who were trying to conquer Greece

  • John Adams in The Free Lance-Star
    John Adams called those Lees, "That band of brothers, intrepid and unchangeable, who like the Greeks at Thermopylae, stood in the gap in defense of their country, from the first glimmering of the Revolution on the horizon, through all its rising...
  • Zack Snyder in ABC News
    Throughout history, brave men in decisive battles like Thermopylae, Gettysburg, and Midway have changed the course of civilization. The same can be said of the men who fought here on D-Day sixty-four years ago. They too, were a part of something... Gordon England U.S. European Command (press release) Sep 29, 2008 99485 132079 thermopylae I took the battle of Thermopylae and turned it into a myth. I think my movie is the way a Greek would tell the story of Thermopylae months after it happened, not with 2,000 years of hindsight," Snyder said.

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