The Battle of Thermopylae: Spartans v. Persians

Finally, after the nerve-wracking wait, the Persians launched their attack. The Greeks were defending the pass from behind the wall that blocked the path. They took it in turns to hold the front line and fought off wave after wave of attacking Persians. In the narrow space, the Persians could not make use of their greater numbers and the longer spears of the Greeks meant that they inflicted many casualties on the Persians.

 

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