Leonida's Monument 6, Thermopyles, Greece

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Comments (7)

Andreas Czieborowski on March 19, 2008

Hi Miša my friend,

many new interesting photos from Greece.

I know this brave King of Sparta (history from 480 BC), also saw the film "300". A miserable story for the ancient Greeks in the end ...

Thanks, Andreas

Miša M. on March 20, 2008

Hi my dear Friend,

I haven't seen the movie. What I know for sure is: ONLY MONUMENTS & STORIES LEFT AFTER ALL! If I were him, I would act the same way.

Best regards, Miša.

Andreas Czieborowski on March 20, 2008

Hi Miša,

yes, this movie is from Hollywood and not from history, also some monuments as well :-)

What I believe to know is, that the discordant Greek politicians couldn't (or they didn't want) send regular troops to the Thermopylae bottleneck against the Persian army of hundred thousand warriors under Xerxes. Only Leonidas with his protection of 300 men in addition with a few thousand legionaries placed themselves to defied the superiority and all were killed in action within one week -> Battle of Thermopylae.

Dear Miša, I think only such ancient heroes "in suicide feelings" could act in that way ... so we can celebrate them today. However, he was a very brave king and felt responsible for all Greeks.

My best wishes, Andreas

Miša M. on March 21, 2008

This story about discordant politicians reminds me very much on the present situation we are having in my country for the last 20 years. Very sad stories. Both of them.

And speaking of Leonidas, I can just admire this brave man, his feelings of patriotism, his sense for duty, and teach my son in a following manner:

There are much more venerable things and deeds, then the luxury stuff present civilization valuate the most!

Best regards to you and to your family, Miša.

Andreas Czieborowski on March 21, 2008

Yes Miša, I think your comparison is well chosen, but I agree this situation for more than 20 years. Anyhow, politicians in all nations are in that way, more or less ... nowadays and yesterday.

The main difference between politicians and Leonidas seems to be: Leonidas was a leader, he was the King of Sparta. The well known education targets in Sparta has been the excessive fight and death for fame and honor. So we can understand his thinking and ruling. His glory has got fulfilled at Thermopylae. Sometimes I think we need again a little bit of idealism in our leaders, not like such ancient heroes, but courage to stand up for one's beliefs (moral courage) on the top. Maybe this will stay as a pious hope ...

Best wishes, Andreas

Miša M. on March 25, 2008

I agree with you partially Andreas,

For my opinion, main difference between Leonidas and present politicians is, he was honorable and moral person, and although he was king, he was fighting to the enemy side by side with his warriors.

On the other hand, present politicians are sending their troupes to do the dirty jobs far away from their homes, while they do other dirty things at their offices, better to say holes. They have no courage to stand in front of the armies, and watch the enemies (victims) at the eyes, while they "mercifully" kill them.

Best regards, Miša.

Juanje 2712 on August 24, 2010

Bonita composición.

Me gusta.

Saludos, Juanje.

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