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Dear friends - Beginning in 2018, I will not be posting anything more to this collection. I have decided to start focusing more on Twitter....I hope you will join me: https://twitter.com/spartanwarriors Have a great New Year!

An archival image of the 'Lion of Chaeronea'; the memorial to the Sacred Band of Thebes, which was restored in the years 1902-1903. The monument is a tribute to the elite warrior unit of 300 Thebans whom most of were killed during the Battle of Chaeronea in 338 BC against the powerful Macedonian army of Philip II, father of Alexander the Great.

Ernst Reisinger - 1923

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I've decided that in lieu of posting 3 or 4 times each and every day to the collections as I have in the past, I will revive this blog (see below). It is my hope that with longer content, adding social media buttons and an RSS feed it will increase exposure and encourage readers to 'engage' in the topic, which appears to be lacking in most collections and that has been my fault. This will be a work in progress....

If you only follow this collection of mine, which I will stop posting to after today, I hope you will follow the blog which will be a continuation of these posts (in longer form) and much more.
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A spectacular aerial view of the Bronze Age fortified citadel of Mycenae, including Grave Circle A & the 'Lion Gate'.

Photograph: Ira Block

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An exceptional close-up of the statue in Sparta of its venerated countryman, King Leonidas, as high above the Greek flag gently unfurls in the breeze.

It is believed that Leonidas was approximately 60 years old at the time of his death at Thermopylae. There was no mention of him by Herodotus until the battle at the 'Hot Gates'. Those three days as leader of the 300 Spartans and commander of the Greek position have resonated until this day.

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The imposing Cyclopean Walls of the Bronze Age city of Mycenae, believed to have been built by the one-eyed giants of Greek mythology, the Cyclops who were members of a primordial race of giants.

Photograph - K. J. Norman

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An impressive statue in Austria of the legendary lawgiver and symbolic founder of the Spartan state, Lycurgus whose martial laws ("The Great Rhetra") ascribed to him coalesced in the glorious last stand at Thermopylae and a defining moment for the Spartans.

Photograph: Matt Popovich

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A pretty amazing digital artwork of a phalanx from the city-state of Thebes (Θήβα).

The Thebans defeated the Spartans (Σπαρτιάτες) at the Battle of Leuctra (Λεῦκτρα) in 371 BC - the aura of Spartan invincibility had ended. Even though the Spartans were still a powerful army, the tactics employed by the Thebans negated the effectiveness of the Spartan phalanx. However, Theban hegemony didn't last long....it ended with their defeat by the Macedonian phalanx at the Battle of Chaeorona in 338 BC.

Artist: unknown

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*One of the great anecdotes about the the city-state of Sparta and its citizens the Spartans....A visiting dignitary who dined on the black broth soup (μέλας ζωμός) that most visitors found unpalatable and which needed an acquired taste stated, "Now I know why the Spartans do not fear death".

Image: (c) Warner Bros.

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Historian Nick Sekunda wrote about the city-state of Sparta, "If the Persian Wars were the most glorious period in Spartan history, then the Battle of Thermopylae was Sparta's finest hour".

Any disagreements?

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As the days of spring and summer have ended this year in Greece, a fond remembrance from several months ago of the beautiful colors at the ancient sanctuary of Olympia.

Photo: MaxMag

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