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Leonidas - Statuette of the Spartan King - 23cm

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Seller: aeonamaltheas (70) 100%, Location: London, London, Ships to: GB & many other countries, Item: 302137348478 “Μολών λαβέ” (come and get them) - In response to a demand from Xerses I of Persia that the Spartan army lay down their arms and deliver land and water (sea) to Persia. "Ὦ ξεῖν', ἀγγέλλειν Λακεδαιμονίοις" - "Tell the Spartans, stranger passing by" "ὅτι τῇδε κείμεθα, τοῖς κείνων ῥήμασι πειθόμενοι - That here, obedient to their laws, we lie” - Epitaph in Thermopylae Leonidas was a warrior king of the Greek-State of Sparta. He led part of the Spartan Army during the Second Persian War. He was a full citizen (Homoios) when the Persians sought submission from Sparta and met with vehement rejection in or around 492/491 BC. He is remembered for his heroic death at the battle of Thermopylae. Upon receiving a request from teh confederated Greek forces to aid in defending Greece against the Persian invasion. Sparta consulted the Oracle at Delphi. Subsequently the following prophecy was given: "For you, inhabitants of wide-wayed Sparta, Either your great and glorious city must be wasted by Persian men, Or if not that, then the bound of Lacedaemon must mourn a dead king, from Heracles' line, The might of bulls or lions will not restrain him with opposing strength; for he has the might of Zeus, I declare that he will not be restrained until he utterly tears apart one of these"In August 480 BC, Leonidas went out to meet Xerses army at Thermopylae with a small force of 300 men, where he was expected to be joined by forces from other Greek city-states, who put themselves under his command to form an army of 14,000 strong. Because the Olympiad coincided with these events all the cities sent in the advance guards, not expecting the war at Thermopylae to be decided so quickly. The total force assembled for the defense of the pass of Thermopylae came to something between four and seven thousand Greeks. They faced a Persian army who had invaded from the north of Greece under Xerses I. Herodotus stated that this army consisted of over two million men; modern scholars consider this to be an exaggeration and give estimates ranging from 50,000 to 200,000.Xerxes waited four days to attack, hoping the Greeks would disperse. Finally, on the fifth day the Persians attacked. Leonidas and his men repulsed the Persians' frontal attacks for the fifth and sixth days, killing roughly 20,000 of the enemy troops and losing about 2,500 of their own. The Persian elite unit known to the Greeks as "The Immortals" was held back, and two of Xerxes' brothers (Abrocomes and Hyperanthes) died in battle. On the seventh day (August 11), a traitor named Ephialtes led the Persian general Hydarnes by a mountain track to the rear of the Greeks. At that point Leonidas sent away all Greek troops and remained in the pass with his 300 Spartans, 900 Helots, and 700 Thespians who refused to leave. The Thespians stayed entirely of their own will, declaring that they would not abandon Leonidas and his followers. Their leader was Demophilus, son of Diadromes, and as Herodotus writes: "Hence they lived with the Spartans and died with them.". Originating from a sculptor's studio with more than twenty year presence in the greek market this bust of Leonidas stands 9.05" height (23cm) Lightly painted by hand is the artist's perception of the Spartan King Leonidas. Aeon Amaltheas Ltd represents artists with continuous and distinguished presence in the Greek market. Information about the article: Made of alabaster, this classic statue stands on its own podium.This superior marble based material, allows for finer level of detailing. On the same time archaic tones are used for coloring. Stands 9.05" height (23cm)Please note this article is an artist's replica and NOT a genuine ancient artifact!!!!All deliveries will be recorded/ signed for deliveries. Free Package & Postage. Price includes VAT. FREE SHIPPING IN THE UK!!! International Buyers: We do confirm participation on eBay Global Shipping Programme that ensures minimum postage costs for non-UK buyers.If you require an alternative courier service, please contact us for a personalized postage quote. Condition: A brand new alabaster statuette of the Spartan King Leonidas 540BC – 480BC., Type: Statues, Material: Alabaster, Colour: White, Culture: Greek, Height: 23cm, Hellenic name: Leonidas, Profile: Leader, Origin: Spartan, City: Sparta

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