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  • The Greeks had chosen to defend a narrow pass, or gap, between the mountains of central Greece and the sea, called Thermopylae. Here the Greek force now waited, made up of only 300 Spartans under their king, Leonidas, and about 6000 soldiers from other Greek cities. They faced a Persian army of perhaps 100,000 men.  
  • The Spartans withdrew to a hillock near the pass, together with a few other Greek soldiers who had refused to leave. They fought the Persians with all their remaining strength. When their weapons broke, they fought with their hands and teeth
  • The Persian army could now march into central Greece, wreaking havoc and destruction. But, although the Greeks had lost this battle, the great courage shown by the Spartans boosted the morale of other Greeks.
  • Finally the battle is over!!
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