The Legend of King Leonidas Grows and Keeps Growing .... (Blog)
Category: 300 News | Posted by: DaisyMay
Article Date: June 24, 2009 | Publication: 300 Spartan Warriors | Author: John Trikeriotis
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The legend of King Leonidas it seems, has grown exponentially since his death at Thermopylae in 480 B.C. Herodotus' account of the self-sacrifice of Leonidas & his countrymen from Sparta, along with the warriors of Thespiae has resulted in two Hollywood depictions, 1962's The 300 Spartans, with Richard Egan and the Warner Bros. blockbuster 300 starring Gerard Butler.
More is known about King Leonidas' exploits on the battlefield of Thermopylae than what occurred during his lifetime. What is known is that Leonidas' name loosely translated means 'lion like' and that he was born into the royal house of the Agiads around 540 B.C., perhaps a little later. The Agiads claimed descent from Heracles (Latin - Hercules), the mythological Greek strongman who killed a lion with his bare hands. Therefore, what better name was there to bestow on the male child who would become a future royal of the militaristic city-state of Sparta?
As a testament to his bravery, a stone lion was soon erected after the Battle of Thermopylae marking the place where Leonidas was to have fallen. Unfortunately, this statue doesn't remain anymore, however, it has been replaced by several other memorials to Leonidas and the brave 300.
The movies have unquestionably made a huge impact as to why Leonidas' name has resonated and will continue to do so.Most recently it has been the Gerard (Gerry) Butler performance in 300 which has stirred the emotions of many who were previously unfamiliar with one of Greece's most famous and inspiring heroes.