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Leonidas I of Sparta
 Leonidas I: the Spartan general who led 300 Spartans to valiant defeat to Xerxes and the Persians at the Battle of Thermopylae Pass!


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Leonidas I (?-480 BC) led 300 Spartans as well as several thousand Greeks against the might of Xerxes and several hundred thousand Persians. When Xerxes decided to invade Greece, he ran into the Spartans and Greeks at Thermopylae Pass. As the Greeks fought valiantly, yet battle weary, Leonidas sent them back to Greece. The 300 Spartans fought the remaining Persians by themselves. Xerxes demanded the Spartans to lay down their weapons and surrender. The Spartans wanted to fight, and that they did. All 300 Spartans were killed at Thermopylae Pass, then Xerxes and the Persians went to Greece to try to conquer it, but Greeks fought off the invasion, thanks to the sacrafices Of the "300".

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