Monday 16 March 2020

This is SPARTA!




Gerard Butler, the Scots actor who played Leonidas in the film '300' came to Greece last week to take part in yet other celebrations.  It is 2,500 years since the Battle of Thermopylae, in 480BC

  The film '300'  is the story of Leonidas, King of the greek state of Sparta, who with his 300 Spartans and about 2,000 soldiers from other parts of Greece,  faced the Persian army.  They  held the narrow pass at Thermopylae for 3 days.  Leonidas and his men were all killed. The rest were either killed or surrendered.  Spartans never surrendered or showed weaknes.   Spartan mothers expected their sons to either come home  victorious or be carried back dead on their  shields.

The Persian forces are thought to have been between 100,000 and 300,000.  When the Persian ambassador ordered the Spartans to lay down their weapons Leonidas yelled 'come and take them'.

All fesitivities have been cancelled but Butler did manage to take part in the first day of the Olympic torch relay, carrying the flame into the city of Sparta.  When he reached the statue of Leonidas he shouted out 'This is Sparta' much to the crowd's delight.

10 comments:

  1. He looks rather naughty to me

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    1. He just managed to get in and out before the worst came. The crowds waiting for him at Sparta were the reason for stopping the Olympic torch relay

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  3. Excellent pep talk by him!!!!!!

    "Tall, dark and dangerous" Doesn't get much better than that!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Stay wise, clam, safe.
    Turn off the 😱screaming😱 sources.
    Listen to your local County Public Health source.

    🍃🌷🌱🌷🍃

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    1. I hadn't really heard of him till this celebration came up. I'll look out for his films now

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  4. I love historical movies and he is one of my favourite actors, we will have to check that one out.

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    1. They've shown it here a couple of times on TV but I haven't seen it. After reading about the film I will watch it next time. Looks good

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  5. The glory days of Ancient Greece. Makes us all proud

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