The death of Leonidas

August 11, 480 BC Thermopylae, Ancient Greece Leonidas I (Λεωνίδας) is killed in a battle against Persian forces Leonidas was approximately 60 years old when he gathered a group of 1,200 soldiers to stop the invading Persian forces. Of the 1,200 soldiers, 300 were Spartan hoplites (heavily armed foot soldiers) and 900 were helots (a…