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…

The Béziers massacre: 20,000 killed during religious purge ordered by Pope who did not spare those of his own faith “for God knows His own”

July 22, 1209 Béziers, County of Toulouse (present day France) The Massacre at Béziers is carried out by crusaders under the order of Pope Innocent III, with up to 20,000 murdered regardless of their age, gender, or faith The Pope (pictured) had recently declared war upon the Cathars, members of a sect of Christianity the…