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Lead book review

The history of Thebes is as mysterious as its Sphinx

13 June 2020

9:00 AM

13 June 2020

9:00 AM

Thebes: The Forgotten City of Ancient Greece Paul Cartledge

Picador, pp.448, 25

The Spartans were not the only Greeks to die at Thermopylae. On the fateful final morning of the battle, when Leonidas, knowing that the pass had been sold, ordered the vast majority of the contingents stationed at the Hot Gates to retreat and live to fight another day, two detachments stayed behind to join the 300 in their heroic last stand against Xerxes.

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