Episode Six: “Come And Take Them”

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2500 years ago, the Persian king Xerxes, while invading Greece with an army of two million men (according to Herodotus), confronted the defending Greeks, led by 300 Spartan warriors, at a narrow pass called Thermopylae.

Xerxes demanded that the Spartans lay down their arms.

If you travel to Thermopylae today, you’ll see a great statue of the Spartan king Leonidas, who commanded the defenders on that day.

On the statue are only two words:

Molon Labe—”Come and take them”—Leonidas’ answer to the Persian invader’s demand.

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