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The Last Stand of the 300 Spartans

‘The Last Stand of the 300 Spartans’, produced for The History Channel. In 10 sections. Enjoy!

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Disinterment of remains in Sparta (Greece). Εκταφή (HD)

Disinterment of remains in Sparta, Greece

Remains of grandfather and grandmother are cleaned by their grandchildren.  An integral part of (Ancient ) Greek tradition: death as a part of life.

Τα εγγόνια πλένουν με κρασί και νερό τα οστά τού παππού και της γιαγιά τους. Αναπόσπαστο τμήμα της (αρχαίας) ελληνικής παράδοσης: ο θάνατος ως μέρος της ζωής.

Spartan Proverb

Το λακονίζειν εστί φιλοσοφείν. –  To be wise, don’t speak a lot

Spartan proverb

Children of Sparta

Children of Sparta, warriors by birth
Called on when demanded of water and earth
Three hundred soldiers with destiny to face
At the small narrow path known as the Hot Gates

An army thunders out of Persia one million strong
Only to be barred by a phalanx 5 and 60 men long
They charge down the slopes full of vigor and finesse
Which immediately falters upon the wall of Greece

For three days they kept their enemy at bay
And a few brave soldiers are lost in the fray
The enemies arrows block out the sun
Under shields Spartans laugh as if having fun

“Immortals” says Leonidas “we’ll put their name to the test”
Xerxes’ trump card, the best of the best
And as ten thousand pour forth like a river of black
They prove not even an Immortal can stand up to a Spartans attack

Fortune strikes out and one is sent back to tell the story
As their king announces “Spartans! Prepare for glory!”
A traitor has emerged and the Greeks morale fell
“Make ready your breakfast for tonight we dine in hell!”

They fought like demons to the end until not one was left to stand
The worlds most marshaled fighting force at Leonidas’ command
Outnumbered and out steeled, they gave their lives without fear
And their hardest effort came when the embers of Hades were near.

So remember
Remember in the face of hopelessness to call on the warrior within you
Remember that determination and vigorosity will see you through
Remember that when all seems lost and everything starts to fall down
You should go down fighting, a king without a crown

But most importantly
Remember the courageous warriors who refused to submit
Remember the ones who in the face of death wouldn’t quit
Remember the brave few who stood strong and defended
Remember Thermopylae, remember the three hundred

The Cry of Sparta

Go tell the Spartans,
Stranger passing by,
That here, according to their laws
We lie.

– Epitaph at Thermopylae to honour the fallen

While waiting for the Persians, one said
‘They are close to us.’ Leonidas then replied,
‘Good. Then we are close to them.’

– Plutarch, On Sparta

Come back with your shields or upon them.
– Traditional Spartan quote

I hear the call of Sparta
Down in the valley below.
I stand upon the Mountain of Wolves,
Listening to the faint war cry.

Men and babes called to arms,
Both shall stand and fight.
Fear is learnt,
So can be removed.
Walk in the dark of night,
With the extinguished light.

Wander the graves by day,
Lest we forget
The tradition taught by the fearless
Who came back upon their sheilds.

Strength and honour,
Courage and grace.

Spears clash and break
Amid the bark of Wolves
And cries of Dragons.
Our foes retreat
By the mention of our name.

Training harsher than battles,
Men with the wills of granite;
To stand alone before
Before the fury of an empire.

Exquistite as a rock,
As simple as a Blade
Of grass. Spartan men and babes alone
In the light.

Moonless nights of bloodied hands
And faultless honour,
Of whistling wood
And of cracking spears.

Honourable deaths over
Life without honour.
One as a gift of Nature.
The other in our hands.
Not be the first to leave,
But the first to enter battle.
To understand what is noble
In Life is to echo through Death.

I hear the call of Sparta
Down in the valley below.
I stand upon the Mountain of Wolves,
Daring to wake The Dragon.