And approximates the 480 bc shoreline both ancient and modern writers have used the battle of thermopylae as an example of the power of a patriotic army defending native soil the performance of the defenders at the battle of thermopylae is also used as an example of the advantages of training. So in a kind of rousing speech switch-a-roo, the eldest men of the army managed to convince the king not to do battle agis was convinced the spartans retreated while the confused argive alliance watched, scratching their heads. Army, a large organized force armed and trained for war, especially on land the term may be applied to a large unit organized for independent action, or it may be applied to a nation's or ruler's complete military organization for land warfare.
Samantha henneberry spartan and modern american military society 6 still one of the most intriguing and well-known pieces of spartan sculpture is a torso of a helmeted and bearded, yet moustache-less hoplite made from parian marble 8. Very touching speech from the movie '300' dilios to the spartan army remember us as simple an order as a king can give remember why we died for he did not wish tribute, nor song, nor monuments nor poems of war and valor. Do you remember the speech made by dilios, a spartan, who tells the story of king leonidas and 300 hoplites that was a really special occasion it is not that easy to find the right wording when you have to fight the persian army.
The spartan citizens devoted their lives to training for the army, from even when the boys were born, they were either killed if they thought the boy wouldn't be fit enough or make it through the first stage of their training for the army. The spartan army stood at the center of the spartan state, whose citizens trained in the disciplines and honor of a warrior society subject to military drill from early manhood, the spartans became one of the most feared military forces in the greek world. He didn't send the entire army, only a fraction about the same size as the spartan army this was waaaay after the events at thermopylae, and the badass spartans we know and love at this point, sparta was less than a shadow of their former selves.
One year later, the persians face an army of 30,000 free greeks led by a vanguard of 10,000 spartans after one final speech commemorating the 300, dilios, now head of the spartan army, leads them to war, against the persians across the fields of plataea. Ive been playing co-op with a friend and just had a massive battle where i got my♥♥♥♥♥♥handed to my by macedon, atm most of my army was made up of 4 spartan hoplites, 4 perioki swords, 4 archers, 3 citzen cav, 4 perioki pikes. The peloponnesian war (431-404 bc) was an ancient greek war fought by athens and its empire against the peloponnesian league led by sparta the spartan general brasidas raised an army of allies and helots and marched the length of greece to the athenian colony of amphipolis in thrace, which controlled several nearby silver mines their product supplied much of the athenian war fund. The speech would have been intended as political propaganda rather than straightforward history and thus is somewhat biased he lived for a time in sparta and even fought with the spartan army.
The entire spartan society revolved around the army, essentially making it the key aspect of spartan life and culture the army influenced areas such as education and social structure as well as being the most important defence of sparta in both combat and reputation. The spartan army and its allies, under king archidamos, invade attica with the intention of drawing the athenian army into a pitched infantry battle, the long-standing method of deciding conflict in ancient greece. The education of the spartan male children prove that the military and war was constantly a huge part of spartan society, and the laws and systems that sparta was governed by, only enforced the militaristic attitude into the society of sparta. A spartan soldier was required to swear a special oath of obedience to his officers, right down to his enōmotarchos:54 the contrast with the more egalitarian ethos of other greek armies led to conflicts when spartan generals were in command of troops from other poleis55 spartan military professionalism was evident in other ways too: in their.
For the first time in two hundred years, a spartan army met defeat in open battle the battle of leuctra launched theban supremacy in greece in 370 bc, epaminondas marched into the peloponnesus and even invaded laconia. Dilios gives the council a dramatic account of the 300, and then an inspiring speech to the spartan army at the battle of plataea: the enemy outnumber us a paltry three to one, good odds for any greek give thanks for leonidas and the brave 300. The spartan army was the most dominant military force in ancient greece, and its prowess was built on the singular mentality it brought to the art of war.