But her feet, all swollen and sore. He was a Spartan, my lord. Then you suggest that we do not send our men north. When the Immortals failed, all others lost heart. I saw ships burning between two shores. But what can we do? And we have our duty to Greece. Tomorrow at dawn, we take the pass and march on.
They prove Spartans deserve the reputation of fiercest and best-disciplined fighters, ingeniously creating the element of surprise and driving the over-confident aggressor to growing despair by inflicting humiliating losses at every failing attack wave, even by the imperial body guard of 10,000 'immortals'. How can you expect these others to fight after what they've seen today? When people are free to speak their minds, they generally are more easily handled. With just one pass near the sea called Thermopylae. It is either Sparta or a Spartan king. Come, let us enjoy this in peace. He is slaughtering my men like sheep! This is a really good war.
How can I be strong? Go deliver my final offer to the Spartans. Have the men assemble by that rock at sundown. It was a stirring example to free people throughout the world of what a few brave men can accomplish once they refuse to submit to tyranny. Even a day might be too late. And since when have Spartans become afraid of rain? He went straight to the council without even stopping to see me.
It is too narrow for fighting in open order. If I could prove it, I'd have your throat cut. The council made a secret decision to fortify the isthmus of Corinth, and not to go beyond it. I've been rejected by my own people. Now, as soon as the council proclaims a state of war, the whole army will come under my orders. All Greece waits for the Spartans to march. He asks permission to speak to you about a matter concerning both our families.
To watch them die for her? Everyone says we're going to march north. But, my lord, as a soldier it is my duty to. I don't want the Greeks to think I'm afraid of them. Take the best sword you can find. Then Greece will fight all the more fiercely. Ellas, we may march tomorrow. I have had a vision in which my father's shade appeared to me.
Bring just one and you'll be a dead Spartan. That fool nearly caught me with that prediction. Our people won't abandon us. Five vessels, fully fitted and manned. Other Spartans will follow after the festival. But we don't have to die.
Everyone gives me different advice. Do not let them wait long, friends. I didn't say how many. Remember what they say: Once the rain has fallen, nothing can put it back into the sky. Let us see how insolence meets death. These men are fierce, savage, bloodthirsty, merciless.
Get out of my sight! I know how splendid because I've supervised its building. There is an old goat track. There the Athenian leader Themistocles manages to turn the defeatist tide by formally placing the Athenian fleet under the supreme command of Sparta, whose king Leonidas promises to defend Greece regardless who follows- but back in Sparta, the ruling council hesitates to commit the whole army until the Persians approach the Corinthian Isthmus, and even after an encouraging Delphi oracle -loose a king or all Sparta- is forbidden to lead it before the end of a religious festival, so he takes off first, keeping his promise, with only his 300 mean strong bodyguard. Remember the mother who killed her son when he returned with a wound in his back. The orders are, from this wall we do not retreat. Just tired and so cold. So we shall attack and kill Xerxes! Then you would admit defeat.
We will attack at sunrise and trap Leonidas. He says the whole of Greece is waiting. It comes down on the other side of Thermopylae. Has it a wooden wall now? We are a small state. I wouldn't care to go through an ordeal like that again. I've spoken to my aunt already. And I shall be there watching you.