Abs, Steel, and Statistics

King Leonidas' 300 Spartans may be famous, but there's much more to the Greco-Persian conflict. These facts about '300: Rise of an Empire' will have you saying 'By the beard of Zeus!'

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Encyclopedia Brittanica

Herodotus - The Histories


Tom Holland - Persian Fire: The First World Empire and the Battle for the West (Herodotus claimed that 4,000 Greeks were killed in the Battle of Thermopylae, with 300 of them being King Leonidas' Spartan troops. Modern estimates, though, have revised Herodotus' number.)

University of Texas

Professor Janice Siegel, Hampden-Sydney College

M.A. Dandamaev - A Political History of the Achaemeni Empire

Ehsan Yarshater - Encyclopaedia Iranica

Encyclopedia Brittanica

The Air University