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The place of the Battle of Leonidas and 300 Spartans against huge Persian army

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The pass of Thermopylae ('The Hot Gates') - location of the ancient battle during the Second Greco-Persian War. In this battle the Spartan king Leonid I with small squad resisted against huge Persian army of Xerxes for three days. The Greeks stood up to the last and lost almost everything.

During the battle, the sea is conveniently situated close to the mountains, leaving only a narrow passage. Now the sea receded and there is highway Athens-Thessaloniki.

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A: Kolonos Hill, Thermopylae

av Kostas Kaltsas, 70 meter bort

Epitaph of Simonides at Kolonos hill, Thermopylae. Simonides composed a well-known epigram, which was...

Kolonos Hill, Thermopylae

B: The place of the Battle of Leonidas and 300 Spartans against huge Persian army

av Alexander Hadji, 80 meter bort

The pass of Thermopylae ('The Hot Gates') - location of the ancient battle during the Second Greco-Pe...

The place of the Battle of Leonidas and 300 Spartans against huge Persian army

C: Leonidas And The 300 Spartans

av Vasilis Triantafyllou, 120 meter bort

This is the monument built to honour Leonidas and the 300 Spartans for the Batle of Thermopylae that ...

Leonidas And The 300 Spartans

D: Anopaia Atrapos path, the view

av Kostas Kaltsas, 3.9 km bort

Anopaia Atrapos path, the view

E: Anopaia Atrapos path, Mt. Kallidromo

av Kostas Kaltsas, 3.9 km bort

Anopaia Atrapos path, Mt. Kallidromo

H: Railroaders path 3

av Kostas Kaltsas, 8.8 km bort

Railroaders path and Asopos gorge

Railroaders path 3

I: Asopos Gorge

av Kostas Kaltsas, 8.8 km bort

Asopos Gorge, near Lamia, Greece

Asopos Gorge

J: Asopos Gorge

av Kostas Kaltsas, 8.9 km bort

Asopos Gorge, near Lamia, Greece

Asopos Gorge

Det här panoramat togs i Greece, Europe

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Europe is generally agreed to be the birthplace of western culture, including such legendary innovations as the democratic nation-state, football and tomato sauce.

The word Europe comes from the Greek goddess Europa, who was kidnapped by Zeus and plunked down on the island of Crete. Europa gradually changed from referring to mainland Greece until it extended finally to include Norway and Russia.

Don't be confused that Europe is called a continent without looking like an island, the way the other continents do. It's okay. The Ural mountains have steadily been there to divide Europe from Asia for the last 250 million years. Russia technically inhabits "Eurasia".

Europe is presently uniting into one political and economic zone with a common currency called the Euro. The European Union originated in 1993 and is now composed of 27 member states. Its headquarters is in Brussels, Belgium.

Do not confuse the EU with the Council of Europe, which has 47 member states and dates to 1949. These two bodies share the same flag, national anthem, and mission of integrating Europe. The headquarters of the Council are located in Strasbourg, France, and it is most famous for its European Court of Human Rights.

In spite of these two bodies, there is still no single Constitution or set of laws applying to all the countries of Europe. Debate rages over the role of the EU in regards to national sovereignty. As of January 2009, the Lisbon Treaty is the closest thing to a European Constitution, yet it has not been approved by all the EU states. 

Text by Steve Smith.

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