Leonidas And The 300 Spartans
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Leonidas And The 300 Spartans

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This is the monument built to honour Leonidas and the 300 Spartans for the Batle of Thermopylae that took place in 480 BC

(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Thermopylae)

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Text by Steve Smith.

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